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In phone call with his soldiers, Erdogan says he’s taking a new step in Libya & Eastern Mediterranean

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ANKARA – Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that he is taking a new step in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Erdogan addressed the remarks to Turkish soldiers via a phone call with Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu whom was visiting soldiers in the Turkish city of Hakkari, which is located near the Turkish-Iraq border.

“We left 2019 behind now. We are now entering 2020. Both our soldiers and police have fought heroically on land, sea and in the air,” said Erdogan, speaking through Soylu’s phone.

“I hope that with this step taken in the Eastern Mediterranean, there were epics written by Hayreddin Barbarossa in history in the Mediterranean,” he said, in a reference to the 16th century Ottoman corsair.

On November 27, President Erdogan signed two memorandum of understanding with Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, the first relating to security and military cooperation, and the second to delineating the maritime jurisdiction areas.

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