Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that retired Major General Khalifa Haftar “fled” from Moscow, without signing a ceasefire agreement in Libya.
Erdogan added, during a speech to the Justice and Development Party’s parliamentary bloc, that the conditions that Haftar set during the Moscow negotiations showed his intention and true face.
“Hifter said that he accepted the signature of the ceasefire document and then fled from Moscow,” praising the position of the National Accord government that signed the agreement.
“We will not hesitate to teach Hifter the necessary lesson if he continues to attack our Libyan brothers and the legitimate government of the country,” Erdogan said.
The Turkish president said that the “coup” Haftar would have taken over the entire country if Turkey had not interfered. “We do not seek adventure in Syria, Libya and the Mediterranean, we have no imperial ambitions at all … Our eyes are not blindfolded by the greed of oil and money, our only goal is to protect our rights and ensure our future and the future of our brothers.”
This, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoglu said, the current situation “showed who wants peace and who wants war,” adding “If Haftar’s position continues, there is no need for the Berlin Conference on Libya.”
Haftar left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a ceasefire agreement with the internationally recognized Libyan National Accord government, according to a Libyan media loyal to Haftar.
Media adviser to the head of the Tobruk Parliament, Abdel Hamid Al-Safi, in press statements, stated that the head of the council, Aqeela Saleh, and his accompanying delegation, leave the Russian capital on Tuesday, without signing the agreement.
While Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, in press statements earlier, that both the Prime Minister of the reconciliation government, Fayez al-Sarraj, and the head of the Libyan Supreme Council of State Khaled al-Mashri signed a text of a draft ceasefire, while Haftar’s delegation requested a deadline until Tuesday.
A pro-Haftar channel reported that during the negotiations in Moscow that took place through separate meetings of the Libyan parties, Al-Sarraj requested that Haftar’s forces return to their positions that preceded April 4, 2019, the day the latter began their attack on the capital, Tripoli.
She added that the government delegation affiliated to Haftar rejected Al-Sarraj’s request, while the Russian side pressed heavily on the Libyan parties to sign the agreement.
The forces loyal to Haftar have been waging a military operation for months since they took control of Tripoli, the headquarters of the internationally recognized government of National Accord.
A truce between the two sides began at midnight on Sunday, but each side accused the other of breaching it. Al-Sarraj and Haftar were supposed to sign the terms of the Moscow ceasefire agreement.