Erdoğan discusses COVID-19, regional conflicts with NATO chief Stoltenberg

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as developments in Libya and Syria, Turkey’s Presidential Communications Directorate said in a statement.

Stoltenberg, in a separate statement, “commended Turkey for its support with medical equipment to other Allies and partners, in response to requests made through NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre”.

NATO’s position remains consistent, Stoltenberg said, reiterating possible support in the area of defence and security institution building for Fayez al Sarraj and his Government of National Accord, which has remained in conflict with the Libyan National Army under General Khalifa Haftar since 2014 with varying degrees of intensity.

Fighting in Libya intensified after Haftar launched a Russian-backed offensive last year to take control of the GNA’s seat of power, the Libyan capital Tripoli

Stoltenberg, following his Wednesday call for restraint and a truce, said all parties involved should respect the U.N. arms embargo and expressed NATO support for a political solution in the war-torn country.