Merkel, Erdogan, Putin discuss diplomatic solution for Libya: Government spokesman

Merkel, Erdogan, Putin discuss diplomatic solution for Libya: Government spokesman

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of lower house of parliament, the Bun
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Dec 18, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Annegret Hilse)

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed efforts to reach a diplomatic solution for the Libyan conflict in two separate phone calls with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a government spokesman said on Monday (Dec 30). 

"A further exchange was agreed to strengthen diplomatic efforts," the government spokesman said, adding that Merkel also discussed the developments in Syria with Erdogan and Putin during the phone calls which took place on Sunday.

Turkey's foreign minister has warned that the Libyan conflict risks sliding into chaos and becoming the next Syria, as he sought to speed up legislation to allow Ankara to send troops to the North African country.

Source: Reuters/zl

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