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Turkish president, German chancellor discuss Syria, Libya

Over phone, two leaders also address bilateral relations, regional developments

Burak Bir   | 06.01.2020
Turkish president, German chancellor discuss Syria, Libya

ISTANBUL 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss Syria and Libya, an official statement said on Monday.

According to the statement issued by Turkey’s Directorate of Communications, the two leaders also addressed the bilateral relations and regional developments.

In November, Ankara and Tripoli’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord signed two separate agreements, one on military cooperation and the other on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Meanwhile, the Turkish parliament on Thursday ratified a motion authorizing the government to send troops to Libya.

Separately in Syria, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring on Oct. 9 to eliminate YPG/PKK terrorists from east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

The operation has been paused following two deals with Russia and the U.S. to allow terrorists to withdraw from the region.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is its Syrian offshoot.

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