Erdoğan, Trump discuss Libya, Syria in call

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. counterpart Donald Trump agreed to continue close military and political cooperation in a phone call on Saturday, the Turkish presidency said.

The pair discussed Libya and Syria and agreed to continue pursuing stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region, the presidency said on Twitter.

Turkey has deployed military force and backed opposition forces in Syria’s last rebel-held province of Idlib in an effort to halt the Syrian army's advance, which has displaced around 1 million people. 

Ankara is accused of  offering Syrian militants lucrative deals to fight in Libya’s civil war, where Turkey is backing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) against the forces of rebel general Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA).

The internationally recognised GNA in recent weeks has made significant gains against forces loyal to LNA Commander Haftar as it regained a string of cities connecting Tripoli to the Tunisian border.