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Turkish president, Italian premier discuss future relations between two countries

Turkish president, Italian premier discuss future relations between two countries

Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlines Turkey values relations between Ankara and Rome.
16.01.2021 - 08:59

The Turkish president and Italian prime minister discussed bilateral relations in a phone call, Turkish authorities said on Friday.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Giuseppe Conte discussed steps to improve relations between the two countries and regional developments, Turkey’s Communications Directorate said in a statement.

According to the statement, Erdogan said that Turkey values relations between Ankara and Rome, and when the coronavirus outbreak allows, both countries would like to hold a third intergovernmental summit in Turkey.

Thanking Italy for its support in the context of the European Union, which Italy is a member of, Erdogan said that he believed Rome would direct the EU to adopt a common sense, fair attitude in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Erdogan also said that Italy sees steps to cooperate with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) – the country’s legitimate, UN-recognized government – as beneficial.

Turkey has decried efforts by Greece to turn its expansionary maritime territorial claims in the Eastern Mediterranean – contested by Turkey, the country with the longest coastline on the Eastern Mediterranean – into a dispute between Turkey and the bloc.

Turkey has stressed that dialogue can resolve the issue and find a fair resolution.

Both Turkey and Italy have historic ties with Libya in North Africa. Turkey has supported the legitimate, Tripoli-based government against the attacks of eastern-based warlord Khalifa Haftar.