Turkish and US presidents discuss Libya and economy by phone

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ANKARA

The Turkish and US Presidents met by phone on Tuesday to discuss developments in war-weary Libya as well as economic relations, Turkey’s communications directorate said.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump have agreed to maintain coordination for permanent stability in Libya and achieve the $ 100 billion trade target.

The White House also confirmed the phone conversation.

“President Trump and President Erdogan discussed positive trade issues between the United States and Turkey and underscored our belief in the need for a negotiated settlement of regional issues,” the deputy press secretary said. White House Judd Deere on Twitter.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the ousting of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The new Libyan government was founded in 2015 under a UN-led agreement, but efforts for a political settlement long term failed due to the warlord’s military offensive. Khalifa Haftar’s forces.

The UN recognizes the Libyan government headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj as the country’s legitimate authority.

* Servet Gunerigok in Washington and Erdogan Cagatay Zontur from Ankara contributed to the story.

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