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Turkey warned Egypt against any deployment of forces in the Libyan civil war and sharply criticized French President Emmanuel Macron’s role, highlighting the threat of escalating violence and geopolitical rivalries in the oil-rich country.

The remarks by Ibrahim Kalin, spokesman of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, come days after Egypt’s parliament gave the green light for possible military intervention in Libya to support eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. Turkey backs the internationally recognized Libyan government based in Tripoli.

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