Putin, Erdogan to hold phone talk on Libya: Official

Putin, Erdogan to hold phone talk on Libya: Official

Kremlin spokesman says preparation for presidential phone talk underway

Russian and Turkish presidents will have a phone conversation in the coming days to discuss the situation in Libya, a Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday.

Russia is in contact with all sides of the Libya conflict and stands for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the country, Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Russia’s capital Moscow.

“In the coming days, such a telephone conversation will take place, it is being prepared,” according to the official.

“Russia maintains relations with all parties within the Eurasian military-political scene and stands first of all for the parties to the conflict to show the will to reach an agreement. And Russia welcomes all initiatives that can contribute to a settlement in this country,” he said.

Turkey’s Erdogan announced Monday in a televised interview that he was going to discuss the situation in Libya with his Russian counterpart.

The president said he hoped that his Russian counterpart would reconsider the support for military commander Khalifa Haftar.

Since 2011, when longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed, Libya has seen the emergence of two rival seats of power: one in eastern Libya, to which military commander Khalifa Haftar is affiliated, and the Government of National Accord, which enjoys UN recognition.

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