Erdogan, Merkel discuss Libya by phone ahead of Berlin conference
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  • 06:49 19 January 2020

Erdogan, Merkel discuss Libya by phone ahead of Berlin conference

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks by phone ahead of the international conference on Libya scheduled for Sunday in Berlin, the Turkish leader’s office told reporters on Saturday, ONA reports citing TASS.

"At the talks, [they] focused on regional issues, primarily Libya," Erdogan’s office said.

Germany plans to host an international conference on Libya in Berlin on January 19. After the killing of Libya’s leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya plunged into chaos followed by a period of de facto diarchy. The Libya conference is expected to be attended by delegations, including heads of state and government, from Russia, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, China, the United States, Turkey and France. Fayez al-Sarraj, the prime minister of the internationally recognized Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, are reported to attend the conference.

Faig Mahmudov

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