Turkish parliament to vote on sending troops to Libya
Turkey may send troops to Libya if ‘invited’ by UN-backed Tripoli government – Erdogan
25 Dec, 2019
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara will consider deploying soldiers to help the United Nations-backed government in Libya fight off rival factions in the civil war-torn country.
Erdogan made the comment in a meeting with Tunisian President Kais Saied during a surprise visit to Tunisia on Wednesday.
We haven’t been present anywhere uninvited. If there will be an invitation, we will assess it, of course.
Erdogan’s spokesperson previously told reporters that parliament is working on a bill that would allow soldiers to be deployed to Libya so they can help the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli in the western part of the country.
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What are the implications of Turkey’s military pledge to Libya?
Turkey is ready to send troops to Libya, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, after Ankara and Tripoli’s internationally recognised government signed a security deal.
“We will be protecting the rights of Libya and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Erdogan told Turkish television. “We are more than ready to give whatever support necessary to Libya.”
The bilateral deal, which provides for a quick reaction force if requested by Tripoli, was sent to parliament on Saturday but it is unclear when a vote will take place.
Ankara’s latest move comes as the Libyan war enters a crucial stage, with eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar launching what he said would be a “final battle” for Tripoli.
His offensive against the UN-recognised government began in April but has so far stalled outside the capital.
Euronews explores the reasons behind Turkey’s military pledge to Tripoli and its possible consequences on the regional and international stage, at a time of rising tensions between Ankara and its European allies.
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