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Turkey looks to pull ahead of EastMed rivals in Libya

Can Greece use its position in the European Union to tempt Libya away from Ankara’s fold?
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A series of state visits by leaders of Libya’s new National Unity Government to Athens and Ankara last week laid bare the difficulty Greece faces in swaying the North African country away from its Mediterranean rival Turkey. 

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Libyan counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took credit for rescuing Libya’s UN-backed government, claiming that help “came from Turkey alone.”

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