Turkey’s Erdogan visits Algeria to discuss Libya, boost trade links

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the plenary session of the NATO summit on December 4, 2019. (AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday visited Algeria for talks on the conflict in neighboring Libya and plans to boost trade links.

Erdogan, accompanied by a high-level business delegation, was greeted at Algiers airport by his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune, the national news agency APS reported.

“We are going to organize a business conference in Algeria,” Erdogan, whose country is the largest investor in the North African state, told reporters on his departure from Istanbul.

“We are also going to discuss the latest developments in our region, especially Libya,” he said before setting out on the first leg of an African tour.

Turkey has sent military aid to Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), whose fighters have been at war since last April with forces loyal to military general Khalifa Haftar.

Algiers, for its part, has taken on a role as mediator and last week hosted a meeting of Libya’s neighbors that rejected “any foreign interference” and called for a negotiated settlement.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57