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Turkish, US leaders discuss bilateral ties, Libya

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Turkish, US leaders discuss bilateral ties, Libya

ANKARA

The Turkish and US presidents on Monday held a phone call Monday focusing on bilateral relations, regional issues, and the situation in Libya, according to Turkey’s Communication Directorate.

During the call, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Donald Trump about his concerns that those behind the recent violence and looting during protests in the US are working with the YPG/PKK, a terrorist group operating in northern Syria, said a statement by the directorate.

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

The statement also said the two leaders agreed to continue close cooperation to promote Libya’s peace and stability.

Following the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya’s new government was founded in 2015 under a UN-led political deal.

Since April 2019 Libya’s government has been under attack by the forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence.

Turkey has long supported Libya’s government, whose army has recently made substantial gains against Haftar’s forces.

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