Turkey Rejects Egypt’s Call for a Ceasefire in Libya

Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu
Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu says ceasefire it is veiled attempt to save reeling Haftar (AFP/File photo)

Egypt proposed a ceasefire on Wednesday that was rejected by Turkey soon after; This suggestion from Egypt was welcomed by both Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


On Wednesday, Egypt proposed a ceasefire in Libya between the United Nations-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by General Khalifa Haftar. Turkey, who has rejected the offer, supports the GNA and believes this proposal to be a face-saving opportunity for General Haftar and his forces after the major setback they suffered last week, losing control of the Tripoli National Airport.

The GNA’s forces are currently led by Fayez al Serraj and backed by Egypt, Russia, and the UAE.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu rejected the proposal, stating, “The ceasefire effort in Cairo was stillborn. If a ceasefire is to be signed, it should be done at a platform that brings everyone together. The ceasefire call to save Haftar does not seem sincere or believable to us.”

Cavusoglu is reported to have hinted at the possibility of a ceasefire but made it clear that both sides would need to be involved in the process rather than a third party like Egypt.

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