January 14, 2020 / 9:16 AM / 12 days ago

Turkey says Haftar's decision to skip Libya truce deal shows who wants war

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint news conference following talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 13, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Khalifa Haftar’s decision to not sign a ceasefire agreement with Libya’s internationally recognized government shows who wants war and who wants peace in the country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, has left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement drafted at talks in Russia on Monday, the TASS news agency cited the Russian Foreign Ministry as saying on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Cavusoglu said Turkey had done what it can to ensure the ceasefire, adding that if Haftar continues to act this way a Libya summit planned to be held Berlin on Sunday will have no meaning.

Reporting by Nevzat Devranoglu; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Dominic Evans

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