The President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke this Saturday by telephone with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, about the progress in reopening the world economies after the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the situation in Libya and Syria, the White House reported.
“The two leaders also discussed critical regional and bilateral issues,” a spokesman for the US Executive, Judd Deere, said on his Twitter.
Today, President @realDonaldTrump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. President Trump and President Erdogan discussed progress on reopening and boosting global economies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Judd Deere (@ JuddPDeere45) May 23, 2020
Both rulers “reaffirmed the urgent need for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, as well as for unimpeded humanitarian access throughout the country.”
Likewise, Trump reiterated his “concern about the worsening of foreign interference in Libya and the need for a rapid reduction,” the spokesman said.
As early as last December, the Republican tycoon and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdelfatah al Sisi, had rejected foreign interference in Libya, urging the parties to take urgent measures to resolve the conflict in that country before it loses control of the actors. outsiders.
But in early January, rebel Marshal Jalifa Hafter launched an offensive against the Libyan National Accord (GNA) government, recognized by the international community and based in Tripoli, while Turkey approved sending troops to the North African country to support to the GNA.
As Erdogan said then, his forces will remain in Libya until there is freedom and stability, appealing to the historical ties between the two countries.
The war tension between Ankara and Hafter, leader of the Libyan National Army that controls much of the country -including areas with strategic resources-, shot up last Thursday, after GNA officials denounced the arrival in the country of eight Russian combat aircraft in help from the controversial officer.
A day later, forces under the command of the rebel general accused Turkey of violating the 2011 UN arms embargo and sending Syrian mercenaries to aid the Tripoli government.
Libya has been a failed state, a victim of chaos and civil war since in 2011 NATO contributed militarily to the victory of the various rebel groups over the dictatorship of Muammar Kaddafi.
Hafter, guardian of the elected Parliament and the unrecognized Executive in the eastern city of Tobruk, has the economic and military support of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to having the political backing of France and the United States.
The GNA, on the other hand, relies on the economic and military support of Turkey, the only country that admitted the sending of troops, and the politician of Qatar and Italy, a nation that has also spoken in favor of an eventual deployment of soldiers.
It also has military aid from the powerful city-state of Misrata, an ally of Ankara and Rome, which sustains Tripoli’s defense against the lack of support in the rest of the country.