Turkish, German leaders hold phone talks on Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a phone conversation on Jan. 18, according to Turkey's Communications Directorate.

The two leaders discussed Libya and other regional issues, said a directorate statement.

The conversation came on the eve of Jan. 19's Berlin conference on Libya, set to seek a stronger commitment from regional actors for a cease-fire in the war-torn country to pave the way for a political solution.

Merkel invited leaders from Turkey, Russia, the U.S., China, France, Britain, and other regional actors to the one-day conference in Berlin, amid a fragile cease-fire between Libya's internationally recognized government and forces loyal to Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar.


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