Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio goes to Turkey today “at the invitation” of his local counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. The visit, initially scheduled for Wednesday, was postponed for Ankara’s agenda, following the surprise sending of a high-level Turkish delegation to Libya, which Cavusoglu was part of, for a meeting with the government premier recognized by the ‘UN Fayez al-Sarraj. Diplomatic sources report that Di Maio’s agenda in Ankara will discuss bilateral and trade relations and Turkey-EU relations, as well as “current regional and international developments”, including Libya and Ankara’s drilling in Mediterranean, “and on the fight against Covid-19”, with a focus on reviving tourism and air links after the acute phase of the emergency. The face-to-face comes after several telephone contacts between the heads of the two diplomacies in recent months. Di Maio had already been to Turkey earlier this year ahead of the Berlin conference on Libya.
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