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Russian, Turkish diplomats discuss Syria, Libya

Sedat Onal, Mikhail Bogdanov stress importance of coordinated efforts to resolve Syrian, Libyan crises

Dmitri Chirciu  | 23.10.2020 - Update : 23.10.2020
Russian, Turkish diplomats discuss Syria, Libya


The deputy foreign ministers of Turkey and Russia discussed settlement of the crises in Libya and Syria in the capital Moscow, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said late Thursday. 

During the meeting between Sedat Onal and Mikhail Bogdanov, it was stated that there has been progress in intra-Libyan political, military and economic negotiations, the ministry said in a statement published on its website.

The two highlighted the importance of dialogue among Libyans which is in line with the Berlin Conference and UN Security Council decisions.

Libya has been torn by a civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The current government was formed in 2015 under a UN-led agreement, but efforts for a long-term political settlement have failed due to a military offensive by forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.

"While discussing the situation in Syria, the parties pointed out the relevance of further coordinated efforts of Russia and Turkey, including as part of the Astana process, on assisting in reaching a comprehensive settlement on the basis of Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council and the commitment to the principles of the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Syria," the statement added.

The Astana peace process to end the Syrian conflict was launched in January 2017 by Turkey, Russia and Iran.

Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.

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