Turkish president meets leader of Libyan government

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Turkey, Egypt raise stakes in Libya amid battle for Tripoli

On Thursday, Haftar urged his forces to advance toward the centre of Tripoli in what he said would be a "final battle", after an offensive against the government that began in April but has stalled outside the capital. He said the Egyptian parliament backs Hifter's forces in their "fighting against terrorism".

Turkey moved closer to military support for Libya's internationally recognised government when a bilateral deal was sent to parliament that includes provisions for launching a "quick reaction force" - if requested by Tripoli.

While on Saturday morning, a military source from Volcano of Rage Operation told Ean Libya that their warplanes had destroyed the military police building in Tarhouna, killing several of Haftar's fighters, adding that over 23 bodies from Haftar's forces killed in Friday battles arrived in Omar Askar Hospital in Esbea district.

El-Sissi said his country has been "negatively affected" by the conflict in Libya, which descended into chaos after the 2011 civil war that ousted and killed long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Misrata, in western Libya, is the country's second largest city and is home to fierce militias who oppose Hifter and have been extremely important in the government's defense of Tripoli.

Libya's parliament is affiliated with the government based in the country's east and has opposed the United Nations -supported government in Tripoli.

In past months, battle lines have barely changed, with both sides dug in and shelling each other in the southern capital's reaches.

The GNA is backed by Egypt's regional rivals Turkey and Qatar.

Libyan and USA officials have accused Russian Federation of deploying fighters through a private security contractor, the Wagner Group, to key Libyan battleground areas in recent months.

"The Russian fighters' toughness, lethal techniques and coordination discipline have instilled fear in the anti-Hifter forces", said Jalel Harchaoui, a Libya expert at The Netherlands Institute of International Relations.

The U.N. experts' report also said the presence of Chadian and Sudanese fighters in Libya "has become more marked" in 2019 and said they represent "a direct threat" to the country's security and stability.

The maritime part of the deal expands Turkey's continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Greece, Egypt and Cyprus, which lie between the two geographically, have denounced the deal as being contrary to global law, and Greece expelled the Libyan ambassador last week over the issue.

The earlier memorandum on maritime boundaries asserted Turkey's rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to the resources in the area.

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