Turkish president, NATO chief hold phone conversation on regional issues


ISTANBUL, April 16 (Xinhua) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg discussed a series of regional issues over the phone, Turkey’s presidential office announced on Friday.

Erdogan and Stoltenberg addressed the developments in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean regions, the latest situations in Libya and Afghanistan, and the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the presidency said in a written statement.

Erdogan told Stoltenberg that a peaceful environment currently dominates the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean regions “thanks to Turkey’s constructive efforts.”

The Turkish leader also noted that the new government in Libya should be given support in the fields of security and defense, and the support for Afghanistan should continue with NATO’s capacity and capabilities.

He also stressed that the crisis between Russia and Ukraine should be solved through dialogue based on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the Minsk agreements, according to the statement. Enditem


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