Conte in Ankara to meet with Erdogan, focus on Libya

Sources say Turkey is strategic partner, continuity of dialogue

13 January, 11:50

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, JANUARY 13 - Sources within the Italian prime minister's office said there is a "continuity of dialogue" between Italy and Turkey that forms the basis of a visit to Turkey on Monday by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, who will meet in Ankara with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The sources recalled that Conte met with Erdogan four months ago on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York and spoke with Erdogan by phone just prior to Christmas.

    Erdogan is an Italian partner of "absolute geostrategic relevance in the region", the sources said.

    Conte will meet with Erdogan at 2 p.m. local time (noon in Italy) at the presidential palace in Ankara.

    On Tuesday, Conte will travel to Egypt to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo at 9:30 a.m. local time.

    The focus of both meetings is the current situation in Libya.

    The sources said Turkey, a member of NATO, is an "essential interlocutor" for security questions, migratory flows, and regional policy in the Middle East, as well as an important actor in the Balkans and Libya.

    Turkey is also a top partner for Italy in bilateral economic cooperation, given that Turkey is the top market for Italian exports in the region and 12th on a global level.

    There are about 1,400 Italian-owned businesses in Turkey, with significant collaborations in the automotive, food, infrastructure, and banking sectors.

    Turkish investments in Italy are also consistent.

    The defence sector has traditionally played an important role in Italy's economic relationship with Turkey.(ANSAmed).

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