Erdogan visits Tunisia amid Libya tensions

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met his counterpart in Tunisia on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in neighboring Libya, whose UN-recognised unity government has signed a military deal with Ankara.

“We discussed ways to cooperate to reach a cease-fire in Libya and restart the political process,” Erdogan said in a press conference after meeting former law professor Qais Saied, who took up office as president in October. The Turkish parliament on Saturday ratified a security and military cooperation deal that was signed with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) last month.

“The impact of the negative developments in Libya is not limited to that country but also affects neighboring countries, Tunisia first and foremost,” Erdogan said during his brief visit.

“There must be a ceasefire in Libya as soon as possible.”

Tunisia shares a long border with Libya and thousands of Libyans have sought refuge on Tunisian soil since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising which toppled the regime of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

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