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Turkish troops to Libya on an extendable one-year mission

The Turkish deployment motion that paves the way for sending troops to Libya will be for one year and up for extension if requested, according to the text of the motion.

According to Anadolu Agency, the mandate of the Turkish troops had been specified by the 92th article of the Turkish constitution – which is related to sending troops to a foreign country.

The text of the motion also said that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be the one deciding on the time to send the troops and where they will be positioned.

It also says that developments in Libya threaten the entire region, including Turkey, especially after Khalifa Haftar had vowed to target Turkish interests such as the companies working in Libya or the Turkish nationals living in Libya as well as any Turkey-flagged ships in the Mediterranean.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu said Monday a bill authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya was submitted to the Turkish parliament on Monday.

Cavusoglu made the statement after meeting opposition party leaders to argue in favor of the motion, according to Turkish Anadolu Agency.

“The motion will go to parliament with the signature of our president.” Çavuşoğlu said.

 Last Thursday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the deployment motion would be submitted to parliament in light of a request by Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) for military assistance.

Meanwhile, Çavuşoğlu warned earlier that Libya could slide into the Syrian-model of chaos, adding in his speech to the Justice and Development (AK) Party on Sunday that if Syria has become like Syria, then the other countries in the region will fall in the same scenario.

The Turkish Foreign Minister added that Ankara will take the necessary steps to prevent division and chaos in Libya, stressing the importance of the military and security MoU that was signed between Turkey and the GNA in Libya.

On December 21, the Turkish parliament approved the military and security MoU with Libya, whose GNA approved as well the deal a day earlier.

The Libyan Presidential Council endorsed on December 05 the maritime cooperation MoU with Turkey and so did the Turkish parliament.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Head of the Presidential Council signed on November 27 two MoUs in security and military cooperation and in maritime boundaries demarcation to secure the rights of the two countries as per the international law.  

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