Haftar the ‘only problem’ thwarting Libya peace: Turkey Jan 23, 2020 0 773 12345 AFPDavos, SwitzerlandTurkey said on Wednesday Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar is the only obstacle to a peace deal for the North African country, defending Ankara’s controversial cooperation with Moscow to end conflicts in Libya and Syria.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusolgu told the World Economic Forum in Davos that Ankara was working with Russia in both Syria and Libya since Moscow was a key actor and attempts to find progress with Europe had failed.A peace conference in Berlin this month agreed a new push for peace -- but without the two protagonists meeting -- and Haftar also did not sign onto a ceasefire deal when both were in Moscow.“Together with Russia -- unfortunately we could not manage this with our EU partners, as with Syria -- we spent some efforts and there has been a ceasefire,” said Cavusolgu.“Then we got together in Berlin and we committed there to a sustainable truce and ceasefire. Sarraj did. But Haftar did not make any announcement, as he did not sign the joint statement in Moscow.” “This is the only problem,” he said.Turkey has deployed troops to Libya that has disturbed its Western allies. But Cavusoglu insisted they were only limited in numbers and not there to fight.“Our personnel is there for training and education, nothing else. We do not have a strong military presence in Libya,” he said. He argued that there was no alternative to working with Russia, which according to Cavusoglu had become an “actor” in Libya just as it had “filled the vacuum” with its intervention in Syria from 2015. RELATED ARTICLES Lebanon faces economic ‘catastrophe’, says PM Jan 23, 2020 0 76 Iraq Sunni leaders spooked by possible US troop pullout Jan 23, 2020 0 108 Rockets target Libya airport ahead of regional peace talks Jan 23, 2020 0 76 Two Mali soldiers killed, two wounded in roadside bomb attack Bamako: Two Malian soldiers were killed and two were wounded by a roadside bomb, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit volatile central Mali. The soldiers were travelling to the town of .. Mlilitants killed 36 civilians in northern Burkina Faso village attacks Ouagadougou: Militants killed 36 civilians when they attacked villages in northern Burkina Faso, the government said on Tuesday, appealing for local volunteers to bolster its fight against jihadists. A “terrorist .. Seven Nigerian troops killed in militant attack: Military sources Kano: Seven soldiers were killed on Tuesday when Islamic State-affiliated jihadists attacked a military position in northeastern Nigeria, two military sources told AFP. Fighters in several trucks fitted with .. Gunmen kill Iranian militia commander Tehran: A commander of Iran’s Basij militia was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Wednesday in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, state news agency IRNA reported. Abdolhossein Mojadami was killed by “two .. Trump agrees US-Iraq ‘security partnership’ AFP Davos, Switzerland President Donald Trump and his Iraqi counterpart Barham Saleh agreed on Wednesday on the need for a continued US military role in the country, the White House said. The two leaders met in Davos, .. Lebanese PM pledges to restore confidence as protesters, police clash Beirut: Anti-government demonstrators clashed with police near the parliament building in central Beirut on Wednesday, witnesses said. The protesters hurled stones at the anti-riot police, who responded ..