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Erdogan joins queue of visitors to Libya

Erdogan joins queue of visitors to Libya
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For the second day in a row, an international leader gets an enthusiastic welcome in Libya.

This time it is the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He used the occasion to launch an attack on another authoritarian leader in the region, President Bashar al-Assad.

“The Syrian leader is persecuting his own people and cannot be allowed to continue,” he says. “The era of autocracy is finished. Totalitarian regimes are gone. Now it is about the power of the people.” he said.

This is the latest stop on what has been dubbed Erdogan’s “Arab Spring” tour.

He has already visited Egypt and Tunisia this week to offer support to the fledgling governments and also, it is said, to bolster Turkey’s authority as a regional leader.

Trade is also likely to feature.

Yesterday it was the turn of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UK Prime Minister David Cameron to be feted in Tripoli.

Erdogan also visited the newly-renamed Martyrs’ Square in Tripoli, before travelling to the cities of Misrata and Benghazi.