Erdogan in Turkey paves the way for the deployment of troops in Libya


Ankara: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the way for Turkish direct military intervention in Libya on Thursday and announced a parliamentary vote in early January to decide to send troops to support Tripoli. National reconciliation government opposes strong man Khalifa Haftar.

Since the dictator Muammar Qaddafi was expelled and killed in 2011, the dispatch of Turkish troops will complicate the situation in an already fragile country that has been affected by divergent opinions.

“We will present the motion to send troops (to Libya) as soon as parliament resumes” on January 7, Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

“God willing, we will pass it in parliament on January 8-9 and thus respond to an invitation” from the Tripoli-based GNA, he said.

Erdogan’s comments come when the Turkish parliament approved a security and military cooperation agreement with the Gayes Kuomintang on Saturday.

Turkish officials said the agreement entered into force on Thursday, allowing Ankara to send soldiers and security personnel to Libya for training.

Asked about Ankara’s plans to send troops to Libya, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “unlikely that the interference of third parties in this situation could contribute to a settlement.”

He added: “But any attempt by third countries to contribute directly to solving the problem and to help the parties to the conflict find a solution is always welcome.”

Erdogan had an unannounced visit to Tunisia on Wednesday with the defense minister and espionage chiefs to discuss ways to reach a ceasefire in Libya.

Ankara has also signed a separate maritime jurisdiction agreement with the GNA, which has criticized the international community, in particular Greece, as part of its efforts to establish itself as a major player in oil and gas extraction in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Soldiers with GNA support and the self-proclaimed Libyan national army of Haftar are fighting for control over the North African country.

Turkey and Qatar support the GNA, while Haftar has the support of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, all of which have tense relations with Turkey.

Erdogan said that Haftar’s troops were supported by the Russian security company Wagner, but Moscow denied it.

When asked about Ankara’s plans to send troops to Libya, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said, “In this case, a third party intervention is unlikely to help reach a settlement.”

“Any attempt by a third country to contribute directly to the solution of the problem and to help the parties to the conflict find a solution is welcome,” he added.

Kasapoglu, director of the Security and Defense Research Program at the EDAM think tank in Istanbul, can write this week in a policy document that Ankara could send a joint elite contingent to Libya.
He noted that the original team could include special forces and military intelligence services and liaison officers.

“Since 2016, the Turkish armed forces
The struggle in Syria increased the experience with these efforts. ”
The Turkish army launched three raids in Syria, a campaign against Syrian Kurds.

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