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Following a telephone conversation between Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the eve of the talks, Steffen Seibert, the German government's spokesperson, reiterated Germany's stance that military intervention was not the way to solve the war. He added that the chancellor and crown prince were unified on this point. … [Read more...] about Leaders stake their claims ahead of Libya summit in Berlin
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The agreement with Libya came during a time of diplomatic difficulties for Turkey. Bilateral relations with the US, in particular, have been strained since Turkey launched its intervention in northern Syria in early October, a move which has also complicated Turkey's relations with Russia. Both Turkey and Russia are on opposite sides in the ongoing Libyan civil war, although so far they've managed to avoid a direct confrontation. … [Read more...] about Why Turkey’s Libya commitment angers Arab nations