Italian PM, Turkish president to hold talks in Turkey

ANKARA, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is due to start a visit to Turkey on Monday in response to an invitation from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Presidency said on Sunday.

The presidency public relations’ department said in a statement that Conte and Erdogan would discuss bilateral relations, regional and international issues of common concern.

It will be Conte’s first visit to Turkey since taking office in 2018.

The planned Turkish-Italian meeting was preceded with talks between Erdogan and Fayez Al-SarraJ, the head of the Libyan national conciliation government, in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Also simultaneously, there was a cease-fire declaration earlier today between Al-Sarraj’s leadership and the Libya East-based leadership of General Khalifa Haftar.

Conte had rejected military escalation in Libya and urged Ankara to abstain from intervening in the internal fighting.

The Turkish parliament, on January 2, approved a memo supporting dispatch of Turkish military forces to Libya, a move that prompted a wave of condemnation and criticism from diverse nations.

Source: Kuwait News Agency