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Will Turkey remain involved in Libya?

Although some perceive Turkey’s walking out of the Palermo conference as stepping back from the Libya process, it doesn’t mean that Turkey is giving up its struggle for influence.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte welcomes Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay during the Conference for Libya at Villa Igiea in Palermo, Italy, Nov. 12, 2018. Oktay stormed out of the conference the next day. Tullio Puglia/Getty Images

The struggle of international actors for influence in Libya continues to hamper moves to end the divisions in the country. Libya is still a scene for competition between Italy and France on the one hand and between the Turkey-Qatar-Sudan and Egypt-Saudi Arabia-UAE blocs on the other. The Egypt-Saudi-UAE bloc supports the Tobruk-based House of Representatives and military strongman Khalifa Hifter, the Libyan National Army commander who opposes the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord. Hifter, also supported by France, doesn’t conceal his enmity for Qatar and Turkey, countries he accuses of financing the Islamists. Russia, which enabled international intervention

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