By Sami Zaptia.
London, 13 August 2020:
The U.S. continued its recent uptake and drive to achieve a peaceful resolution to the Libyan conflict with talks with Turkey.
The U.S Embassy, Tripoli reported that U.S Ambassador Norland visited Turkey Wednesday and discussed ‘‘steps to achieve a demilitarized solution for central Libya, realize a full and reciprocal withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries’’.
It is also noteworthy that no wriggle room for different interpretation was left by the U.S. for Turkey with the insistence in the statement that discussions had taken place following ‘‘phone calls between President Trump and President Erdogan’’.
Here is the full U.S statement on Norland’s Ankara visit:
”On Wednesday in Ankara, Ambassador Norland consulted with senior Turkish officials about the urgent need to support Libyan voices genuinely seeking an end to the conflict and return to UN-facilitated political dialogue, with full respect for Libya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The visit, which followed phone calls between President Trump and President Erdogan, discussed steps to achieve a demilitarized solution for central Libya, realize a full and reciprocal withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries, enable the National Oil Corporation to resume its critical work, and promote economic transparency and reforms”.
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