Turkey’s president on Tuesday said Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar has no official recognition either in the war-weary country or the international community.

“Haftar is a mercenary, a paid soldier,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a press conference in Senegal with his counterpart Macky Sall, adding that Haftar took refuge in the U.S. in the 1990s following his betrayal of then-leader Muammar Qaddafi.

He went on to say that Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) is recognized by the UN Security Council and should not be grouped in with the warlord Haftar.

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