Erdogan and Putin discuss Libya in phone conversation

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 17 Dec 2019, 10:35 PM
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held talks on the situation in Libya in a phone call Tuesday.

The two leaders also discussed regional developments, including Syria.

Erdoğan and Putin will next month meet to discuss the details of a plan created by Turkey to provide military support to Libya's internationally recognized government, the Kremlin said earlier Tuesday.

"Russia supports all efforts by individual countries in terms of finding a solution to the (Libyan) crisis," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Turkey and Libya signed two separate deals on Nov. 27 following a meeting between Erdoğan and the head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, in Istanbul. 

The deal offers Turkish support for the establishment of a Quick Reaction Force for police and military in Libya, as well as enhanced cooperation in intelligence and in the defense industry. Following the military cooperation deal, Erdoğan said Ankara might consider sending troops to Libya if the Libyan government requested military assistance.

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