Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. leader Donald Trump held telephone conversations during which they exchanged views on bilateral issues and the situation in the region, including the Libyan crisis. This was reported on Tuesday, July 14, NTV channel with reference to the office of the Turkish leader.
“The leaders have agreed on closer cooperation to achieve a level of trade turnover between the countries of $100 billion, as well as to ensure permanent stability in Libya,” the statement reads.
The day before Erdogan discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin issues related to the fight against coronavirus, as well as the situation in Libya and Syria.
Earlier, July 1, the Turkish leader discussed the situation in Syria and Libya with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone. The politicians also discussed the fight against the Coronavirus’ pandemic, exchanged views on cooperation in this field and touched upon the state of bilateral relations.
This January it was held a conference in Berlin, during which representatives of 16 countries agreed not to interfere anymore in the situation in the Middle East. They agreed on ceasefire, observance of arms embargo and continuation of negotiations between the warring organizations.
Since the overthrow and assassination of Libya’s former leader, Muammar Al-Qadhafi, in 2011, armed clashes have continued unabated in the country. There is a dual power structure: in the east, a people-elected parliament is sitting with Marshal Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA), and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the UN-EU-supported Government of National Accord (GNC), Fayez Sarraj.