Trump discusses Syria, Libya with Turkey’s Erdogan: White House

US President Donald Trump and Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan (L) take part in a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2019. (File photo: AFP)

US President Donald Trump discussed developments in Syria and Libya in a phone call with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, a White House spokesman said on Twitter.

“The two leaders discussed the need to eliminate foreign interference and maintain the ceasefire in Libya. The leaders agreed that the violence being carried out in Idlib, Syria must stop,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a tweet.

A renewed drive by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to recapture rebel-held Idlib province in Syria’s northwest sparked a fresh exodus of many thousands of civilians toward Turkey’s border on Monday amid heavy air strikes, aid workers and witnesses said.

In Libya, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar moved forces on Sunday toward the city of Misrata, which is allied to the country’s UN-recognized government, officials and residents said.

The increase in fighting came a week after Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia agreed with Western powers at a summit in Berlin to push for a lasting ceasefire and uphold an arms embargo.
 

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