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Motion at Ankara’s parliament to extend Turkey’s troops deployment in Libya

Turkey’s presidency submitted Saturday a motion to parliament to extend troop deployment in Libya for 18 months, according to Anadolu Agency.

“The risks and threats are coming from Libya to Turkey and the whole region. In the case of restart of the so-called Libyan National Army attacks and the clashes, Turkey’s interests both in the Mediterranean basin and North Africa will be adversely affected,” the motion said.

The Turkish motion noted that the permanent peace, ceasefire and political dialogue process in Libya bears great importance for Turkey.

“Turkey, within the Memorandum of Security and Military Cooperation signed with Libya, will continue to contribute to the training and consultancy support to Libya,” it added.

The motion will be debated in parliament after the budget debate set to end on December 18, Anadolu Agency reported.

In November 2019, Turkey and Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) signed an MoU on military cooperation, as well as an MoU on maritime boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The deal involves technical information, support, development, maintenance, repair, planning and material support as well as training and consultancy services regarding the use of weapons system and equipment.

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