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Turkey salutes Libya's opposition fighters

Audio 05:30
Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori
By: Paul Nolan
7 min

As the battle for the Libyan capital Tripoli continues, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in the eastern city of Benghazi yesterday to meet rebel council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil. Turkey has hailed the advances by opposition fighters in Libya as a "significant achievement" and said the war was a lesson for everyone. Turkey had been on friendly terms with several leaders toppled by the Arab Spring uprisings, and has been forced to adapt its policies. A Middle East expert explains whether Turkey's meeting with Libya's rebels is part of a wider political strategy.