Erdoğan, Trump discuss Syria and Libya issues over phone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a news conference alongside President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo)

The presidents of Turkey and the US had a telephone conversation on Saturday about "regional developments, particularly in and ," the Turkish presidency said. and "agreed to continue our political and military cooperation to promote peace and stability in the region," the presidential sources said in a statement.

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

The two agreed to continue pursuing stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region, it added.

Turkey backs Libya's internationally recognized government which has made significant military gains in recent weeks in battles with the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar.

In a Saturday phone call, the presidents of Turkey and the US also stressed bilateral cooperation in the fight against coronavirus.

More than 338,800 people have died in 188 countries and regions since the novel coronavirus emerged in China last December.

Some 5.24 million cases have been reported across the world and over 2.07 million people have recovered to date, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.

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