Turkey, US reached agreements on Libya, says Erdogan

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday has reached agreements with his United States (US) counterpart President Donald Trump that could herald a “new era” concerning Libya.

Erdogan made the comment in a television interview following a telephone call with the US President, but did not elaborate on the agreements reached.

“After our talks on the transition process in Libya, a new era can begin between Turkey and the US,” Erdogan told state broadcaster TRT. “We had some agreements.”

Earlier, a statement from his office said Erdogan and Trump agreed to continue their close cooperation on Libya.

Turkey’s support for Libya’s United Nations (UN)-supported government in Tripoli helped shift the balance in the country, allowing the Tripoli-based forces to retake the capital’s airport and gain the upper hand against the rival east-based forces, led by Khalifa Hifter.

Hifter’s forces are backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, as well as France and Russia. The Tripoli-based government receives aid from Qatar, Italy and Turkey, which stepped up its military support in recent months.

Erdogan said he would soon also discuss the situation in Libya with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the inauguration ceremony for a public garden, in Ankara, Turkey. PHOTO: AP