Erdogan: Merkel has invited Turkey to participate in Berlin conference on Libya, suggested that Algeria, Tunisia and Qatar participate as well

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 19 Dec 2019, 10:30 AM
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has invited his country to participate in the Berlin conference on Libya to be held soon, in a phone call held on December 16.

Merkel also suggested the participation of Algeria, Tunisia and Qatar to the Berlin meeting, Erdogan said, "The Libyan people have confidence in these countries," after a forum on migration in the Swiss capital, Geneva, adding: "Putin (Russian President Vladimir) has the same opinion, so we will decide who will come from us after we see who will participate in the meeting."

The Turkish president confirmed that a high-ranking delegation will soon go to Moscow for "substantive" talks on recent developments in Libya along with other regional issues, expressing his hope to achieve a constructive outcome, adding that the delegation includes two deputy foreign and defense ministers, in addition to intelligence and military representatives.

We have demanded a constructive meeting to obtain a result in a short period of time from Putin, and he told us he will issue a similar task. We have agreed that our teams will discuss both Libya and Syria,” he added.

Erdogan and Putin held a phone conversation on Dec. 17 and discussed mainly Libya and Syria, particularly after Turkey signed two memoranda of understanding with the Libya’s U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) under the leadership of Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj.

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