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Erdogan arrives in Tunisia as Libya tops his discussions’ agenda

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the Tunisian capital on a surprise visit along with a high ranking delegation that included defense and intelligence officials.  

Libya, according to Turkish media on Wednesday, will be the crux point of the talks between Erdogan and the Tunisian President Kais Saied, along with the bilateral relations between Tunis and Ankara.

In a statement, Erdogan’s office said he was accompanied by his foreign and defense ministers, as well as his intelligence chief, according to Anadolu Agency.

Meanwhile, the adviser of the Tunisian President, Rachida Al-Nifer, said last Saturday that President Kais Saied was going to activate an initiative that aims at settling the Libyan crisis and achieving national reconciliation, while the Tunisian ambassador to Moscow Tariq bin Salim indicated that his country “doesn’t approve being snubbed from Berlin international conference” slated to be held in the upcoming period.

Erdogan said earlier, following a forum on immigration in Geneva, that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel invited Turkey to attend the upcoming Berlin conference, while she proposed in a phone call on December 16 that Algeria, Qatar and Tunisia participate as well in the conference, according to Turkish newspaper “Hürriyet”.

In the meantime, the Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Tuesday Turkey will continue to support Libya’s legitimate, internationally recognized Government of National Accord, and will not forsake the Libyan people, adding that the Parliament was readying a bill to allow sending troops to Libya.

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