Turkey defies calls for ceasefire talks

Libya’s Government of National Accord demands that Eastern Libyan Khalifa Haftar’s forces withdraw from the coastal city of Sirte and Jufra region as pre-conditions for ceasefire talks, Turkey said on Thursday.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told broadcaster CNN Turk that the United States, which Turkey has urged to take a more active role in Libya, was reluctant to play a “decisive role” in the conflict.

Turkey, which has supported the GNA in the ongoing war against the Libyan National Army, has been accused of sending thousands of Syrian mercenaries to Libya, as well as ammunition, weapons and drones.

Arab Observer

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