Turkish officials discuss developments in Syria, Libya during security meeting

Top Turkish officials on Wednesday held a security meeting, headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to discuss the recent developments in the region, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

Vice President Fuat Oktay, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) chief Hakan Fidan, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and Presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın were among the officials in attendance at the meeting, Anadolu said.

“In the meeting, regional developments and particularly Syria, Iraq and Libya were discussed in detail,” it said.

Turkey launched four major military operations in Syria with allied Syrian Islamist militia.

In Libya, Ankara backs the Government of National Accord against the eastern-based Libyan National Army, which has gained control of most of the east and south of the country over years of fighting and last year began an offensive to seize the capital city.

Meanwhile, Turkey has intensified cross-border military operations in Iraq against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been engaged in a decades-long conflict in the country’s southeast and maintains its headquarters in the Qandil Mountains in northern Iraq.