Turkeys parliament is expected to authorize Libyas military deployment

 Turkeys parliament is expected to authorize Libyas military deployment

Profile: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to reports, Erdogan signed a motion on December 30, 2019, which pointed out that the evolution of the situation in Libya posed a threat to the region and endangered Turkeys local interests, including commercial and ship navigation in the Mediterranean, and therefore required a one-year authorization to deploy Turkish troops to foreign countries and intervene in dealing with conflicts that occurred outside the country.

After the motion was delivered to the Grand National Assembly, speaker Xie tuopuding convened a special meeting for voting on the 2nd.

Among the 589 members of Congress, the ruling AKP and the MHP have 339 seats, enough to pass the motion. According to the motion, the limits, scope, quantity and time of the deployment will be decided by the president.

Erdogan met with Prime Minister salagi of Libyas internationally recognized national unity government (GNA) in Istanbul on November 27, 2019. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on the limitation of maritime jurisdiction and a memorandum of understanding on security and military cooperation. The former enabled the two countries to recognize each others exclusive economic zone, while the latter focused on security and military cooperation.

After the overthrow of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011, the region fell apart into hostile Western and Eastern regimes since 2014. Among them, Tripoli in the northwest is where the GNA is located; hafta, the warlord of the self styled Libyan National Army (LNA), supports another Eastern government.

Hafta was supported by Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, and his forces launched a military operation in April to attack the capital.

After Turkeys parliament approved it in December 2019, the security and military agreement signed between Ankara and GNA has come into force. Faced with the enemys attack, the salaghi government, according to the agreement, recently formally proposed to Ankara the request for military support of land, sea and air.

Turkey launched operation of the fountain of peace on October 9, 2019, sending Syrian troops to fight against Kurdish militias. If it decides to send troops to support Tripoli, it will be Ankaras second overseas military operation in a few months.

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