MEE: Turkey sees HoR Speaker Aqila Saleh as replacement to Haftar in Libya political process

The Turkish special presidential envoy to Libya, Emrullah Isler, has told Middle East Eye that Turkey sees the Speaker of Libya’s Tobruk-based House of Representatives Aqila Saleh as a viable negotiations partner and wants him to represent the eastern party instead of Khalifa Haftar.

Isler said Haftar is a failed dictator and Turkey has never recognized him as a legitimate actor, speaking in an exclusive interview with the Middle East Eye.

“He is also about to lose the Russian support. He won’t take a place in the future of Libya.” Isler indicated.

He also said that political negotiations should be conducted by the politicians, adding that Saleh, as a politician specifically, must contribute to this process.


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