Erdogan, Putin discuss Libya, Syria's Idlib over phone

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday discussed developments in Libya and in the Syria's Idlib over the phone, the Turkish Communications Directorate said.

They also discussed the anti-coronavirus precautions and the measures in the post-pandemic period, the directorate said in a statement.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced on June 6 an initiative to end the Libyan conflict following his meeting in Cairo with Libyan east-based military commander Khalifa Haftar.

Libya has been locked in a civil war since the ouster and killing of the former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The power has been politically divided between two rival governments: the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in the capital Tripoli and a government in the northeastern city of Tobruk allied with the Haftar-led Libyan National Army (LNA).

Haftar's forces launched a military operation against the GNA and the capital Tripoli in April 2019, before the GNA announced on June 4 the takeover of the entire Tripoli by expelling the rival east-based army.

Turkey has been supporting and providing military support to the GNA since a military pact was signed between the two sides last November.

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