Trump, Erdoğan discuss establishing demilitarised zone in Libya

U.S. President and his Turkish counterpart discussed steps to establish a demilitarised zone in Libya in a phone call, Al Jazeera said on Thursday.

Trump and Erdoğan also discussed possible ways to achieve the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya and emphasised that the country’s National Oil Corporation should continue its vital work, Al Jazeera said.

Libya has been split between the United Nations-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), and the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by General Haftar, the de facto ruler of eastern Libya.

Haftar has received support from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Russia while Turkey and Qatar back the GNA.

The phone call between the two leaders came after U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, visited senior Turkish officials in Ankara on Wednesday. 

Egypt’s leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in June opened the door for direct intervention in Libya to prevent Turkey and Turkish backed forces from seizing more chunks of lands, said “Sirte and al-Jafra are a red line”, in a direct response to Turkish statements, 

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights the total number of Syrian mercenaries sent to Libya by the Turkish government 16,500, the director of the Syrian Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said.

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