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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.

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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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