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Erdogan vows to defend Tripoli government after Libya talks fail

Following the failure of a Russia-Turkey-brokered peace deal in Libya, Turkey's president reaffirmed his pledge to defend the government in Tripoli ahead of Sunday’s Berlin Conference.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JANUARY 12: President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets Fayez al-Sarraj (L), Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libyas Government of National Accord (GNA), in Istanbul, Turkey on January 12, 2020. (Photo by Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

After seven hours of indirect talks, the leaders of Libya’s rival factions left Moscow Monday without agreeing on a cease-fire deal.

Russian and Turkish officials — which back opposing sides — had led the effort but came away empty handed when Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Hifter refused to sign a draft proposal he claimed did not satisfy his conditions.

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