Leaders of the countries discussed the situation in the region by phone
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he discussed the conflict in Libya with US President Trump over the phone, and that both leaders agreed on “some issues.”.
Turkey supports the internationally recognized government of Fayez al-Sarraj, whose forces have repelled an attack on the capital of Tripoli by the forces of Khalifa Haftar in recent weeks with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia.
“A new era of relations between Turkey and the United States may begin after our phone call. We have agreed on some issues, ”Erdogan said in an interview with the state TV company TRT, without going into details..
In a White House statement, Trump and Erdogan discussed the war in the North African country, as well as in Syria and the situation in the eastern Mediterranean region. Egypt has called for a ceasefire as part of the initiative, which also involves the election of a governing council for Libya. Other Haftar supporters, Russia and the UAE, also welcomed the proposal..
Erdogan, whose backing of the Serraj Government of National Accord (GNA) helped turn the tide of the war, said the GNA will continue to fight to seize the coastal city of Sirte and Jufra Air Base, located in the strategic oil region..
“Now the goal is to capture the entire Sirte area. These are areas with oil wells, they are of great importance, “he said..
Erdogan said he would also discuss Moscow’s role in Libya with President Putin, including the supply of Russian aircraft and Pantsir air defense systems to Haftar’s forces..
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