Turkey is exerting a huge diplomatic effort to allow the fragile cease-fire in Libya to blossom into a lasting peace. Italian Prime Minister Conte visited the Turkish capital Monday, immediately following Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. At the same time, Turkey's foreign minister, defense minister and intelligence chief spent the day in Moscow to facilitate talks between Libya's various warring factions.
Everything that has happened since President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's Jan. 8 meeting with Vladimir Putin demonstrated that the two leaders have taken the Libyan conflict to the next level. Keeping in mind German Chancellor Angela Merkel's efforts to get Erdoğan and Putin to attend the Berlin conference, the three main parties will gather around the negotiating table. The Turkish president's upcoming visit to Berlin also attests to the strong cooperation between Turkey, Russia and Germany. Before stepping down as Germany's leader, Merkel serves as a powerful leader for her country and the rest of Europe. In other words, she delivers what French President Emmanuel Macron once promised. By extension, Europe's leadership crisis is bound to deepen in the wake of Merkel's departure.
Presidents Erdoğan and Putin have worked harder than any other leaders to make a Libyan cease-fire as resilient as possible. The lessons learned from Syria have duly had a positive impact on the rapidly improving situation in Libya. Turkey and Russia have successfully managed to mend their relationship since it soured in the wake of the 2015 downing of a Russian jet and the two nations have overcome hurdles to work together within the framework of the Astana process.
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