Haftar forces need to pull out from Sirte for Libya ceasefire, says Turkey

Fighters loyal to the UN recognized Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) patrol an area south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. (File photo)

Turkey on Saturday said Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar’s forces needed to withdraw from the strategic city of Sirte for a lasting ceasefire and accused France of “jeopardizing” NATO security.

Ibrahim Kalin, the presidential spokesman, told AFP Turkey supports the position of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, saying Sirte and Al-Jufra need to be evacuated by Haftar’s forces for a “sustainable ceasefire.”

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Kalin also accused France of “jeopardizing” NATO’s security by supporting Haftar, whose forces have been conducting an offensive to take the capital Tripoli since last year.

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Last Update: Saturday, 20 June 2020 KSA 16:19 - GMT 13:19