Turkish VP, Italian premier discusses bilateral ties

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By Mumin Altas

PALERMO, Italy (AA) – Visiting southern Italy, Turkey's vice president on Monday discussed bilateral ties with Italy’s prime minister, according to a presidential source.

Turkey’s Fuat Oktay and Giuseppe Conte met in Palermo ahead of an international conference on Libya, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

During the closed-door meeting, the top officials spoke about ties between Turkey and Italy.

Oktay and Conte also spoke about finding a lasting solution in Libya, stressing its territorial integrity, sovereignty, and political unity.

They also discussed the rapid completion of joint projects and launching new projects between Ankara and Rome.

On Nov. 12-13, Palermo is hosting an international conference on Libya attended by Libyan political groups based both at home and abroad.

Libya has remained dogged by turmoil since 2011, when a bloody NATO-backed uprising led to the ouster and death of long-serving President Muammar Gaddafi after more than four decades in power.

Currently, two rival seats of power are vying for supremacy in Libya: an internationally recognized national unity government based in Tripoli, and a government supported by a legislative assembly based in the eastern city of Tobruk.

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