Turkish parliament approves bill to send troops to Libya

Turkish parliament approves bill to send troops to Libya

The Turkish parliament approved a mandate to send military personnel to Libya, local Anadolu agency reported. A request for sending troops was filed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on December 26. 325 deputies voted for approval of the president’s proposal, 184 against.

The Turkish president also held telephone conversations with US President Donald Trump, one of which was the situation in Libya. “During the presidential talks, regional issues were discussed, primarily the latest developments in Libya and Syria,” the press service of the Turkish leader said (TASS translation).

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned the approval of the draft law on sending troops to Libya, calling it a violation of international decisions and the UN Security Council resolution 2011, in accordance with which the Committee on sanctions against Libya was established, as well as an embargo on the supply of arms and military cooperation with it. It is reported by CNN.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly stated his readiness to send the military to Libya if the PNS in Tripoli asks him for help. At the same time, Ankara understands that the Turkish military may clash with the Russians in Libya, as has already happened in the Syrian theater of operations. On December 25, Erdogan announced that there are 2,000 Wagner PMC fighters operating in Libya.

On November 28, Ankara and Tripoli concluded a memorandum of cooperation, including military. Erdogan approved it on December 26, and on the same day announced that in January he would ask parliament for permission to send troops to Libya.

In Libya, after the overthrow of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, dual power took shape. Tripoli is home to a PNS recognized by the international community, while in the east there is a parliament supported by Field Liberal Marshal Khalifa Haftar supported by the Libyan National Army (LNA).

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