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Turkish, Russian leaders discuss Libya, Syria over phone – Xinhua | English.news.cn

  • July 13, 2020

ANKARA, July 13 (Xinhua) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday discussed developments in Libya and Syria, Turkey’s presidency said.

The leaders evaluated the “steps to improve bilateral relations, especially in the economy, and cooperation in combating the COVID-19 outbreak, developments in Libya and Syria and other regional issues,” the presidency said in a written statement.

Ankara provided military and diplomatic support to Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), while Moscow backs the rival militia commander Khalifa Haftar.

In Syria, the Russian-backed Syrian government aims to retake the northern province of Idlib from the militants, while Turkey supports the rebels and deployed troops to monitor the current cease-fire. Enditem

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