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Erdogan: Turkey to deploy troops to Libya in January

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed on Thursday that Turkey will send military troops to Libya as per a request by the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) with which Ankara signed an MoU in military and security cooperation.

Erdogan added that he will present deployment legislation to the Turkish parliament in January.

Thursday’s announcement to support the UN-recognized GNA came a day after Erdogan met with his Tunisian counterpart, Kais Saied, during a surprise visit to the Tunisian capital to discuss developments in neighboring Libya.

Erdogan visited Tunisia on Wednesday to discuss cooperation for a possible ceasefire in neighboring Libya.

In a speech Thursday, he said Turkey and Tunisia agreed to support Libya’s internationally recognized government of Fayez Al-Serraj.

Erdogan indicated that the countries backing up Khalifa Haftar in Libya are the same ones which supported the coup in Egypt against the legitimate government at the time.

Meanwhile on Thursday dawn, the MoU in security and military cooperation between Libya and Turkey went in effect after being published in the official newspaper in Turkey .

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