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Merkel in Turkey to Address Libya, Syria with Erdogan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Friday on a number of thorny issues, ranging from Libya to Syria to migrants.

The two leaders inaugurated a new Turkish-German University in Istanbul, where Erdogan expressed his concerns about the Libyan conflict.

“If calm is not established as soon as possible, the atmosphere of chaos in Libya will affect all the Mediterranean basin,” he said in a speech.

“We hope the international community will not make the mistakes it made in Syria,” he said.

Merkel arrived in Istanbul days after she hosted a meeting in Berlin on the conflict on Libya, where world powers pledged to halt foreign interference and honor a widely violated arms embargo.

Her visit came amid fears of a possible new refugee influx as thousands flee new Syrian regime attacks in a northern Syrian province.

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