Turkey Pulls Out Of Libya Crisis Talks

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Turkey pulled out of Italian-hosted Libya crisis talks on Tuesday after it was not invited to a meeting of key players on the conference sidelines, saying it was “deeply disappointed”.

“Any meeting which excludes Turkey would prove to be counter-productive for the solution of this problem,” Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay said in a statement.

“The informal meeting held this morning with a number of players and having them presented as the prominent protagonists of the Mediterranean is a very misleading and damaging approach which we vehemently oppose,” Oktay said.

Eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar joined several other key national and international players for talks on the sidelines of the Palermo conference aimed at stabilising the crisis-stricken North African nation.

The Haftar camp regularly accuses Turkey and Qatar of militarily and financially backing his rivals, including Islamists.

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