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Turkey Builds Libya Ties In Reaction To Regional Rivals

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Turkey’s recent moves with Libya threatening troop deployments and signing a contentious maritime deal aim to shore up a rare regional ally and preserve access to gas supplies, analysts say.Ankara has been one of the staunchest supporters of the beleaguered Government of National Accord in Tripoli, a relationship that has deepened in the face of an assault to seize the Libyan capital by military strongman Khalifa Haftar since April.

As in Syria, the Libyan conflict has become a battle for influence between regional players, with Turkey’s most bitter rivals, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, backing Haftar’s Libyan National Army.

Another motivating factor, added Seckin, is that Turkey sees Haftar as “a Libyan copy” of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Haftar has previously ordered his forces to target Turkish companies and arrest Turkish nationals.

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