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Turkey’s parliament extends troop deployment in Libya for 18 months

The Turkish parliament has approved a motion calling for an extension in troop deployment in Libya for another 18 months.

“There are threats from Libya to Turkey and the entire region, and if attacks resume again, Turkey’s interests in the Mediterranean basin and North Africa will be adversely affected,” the motion said.

It added that permanent peace, ceasefire which was agreed upon in October, and political dialogue in Libya is of great importance to 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,” the motion added

The motion explained that Turkey, within the Memorandum of Security and Military Cooperation signed with Libya, will continue to contribute to the training and consultancy support to Libya.

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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