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Erdogan warns of the spread of “Libyan chaos”

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, warned on Friday of the spread of “Libyan chaos” in the Mediterranean basin unless peace is established in Libya.

The two leaders inaugurated a new Turkish-German university in Istanbul, and Erdogan expressed concern during the meeting over the Libyan conflict.

“If calm is not established as quickly as possible, the climate of chaos in Libya will affect the Mediterranean basin,” he said in a speech.

He called for greater pressure on Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, who is launching an attack aimed at controlling Tripoli, the seat of the United Nations-recognized government backed by Turkey.

Erdogan said that rocket attacks on Tripoli airport this week, attributed to Haftar’s forces, showed “those who support peace and those who support bloodshed and tears.”

“We hope that the international community will not make the mistakes that it committed in Syria.”

The major powers have strengthened their efforts in recent weeks to find a political solution to the conflict in Libya, after years of chaos following the killing of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The opening of the Turkish-German University comes at a time when relations between the two countries are experiencing some warmth, due to the coldness and tension.

Merkel said the university is “a unique example of cooperation between Turkey and Germany.”

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