Turkish President: has begun to gradually send troops to Libya

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 Turkish President: has begun to gradually send troops to Libya


(screenshot of interview with Turkish president)

On the evening of January 5 local time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with Turkish TV media that Turkey has begun to gradually send troops to Libya, whose task is to carry out relevant coordination work.

Erdogan said in an interview that the memorandum of understanding signed by the Turkish government and the Libyan national unity government on maritime jurisdiction in the Mediterranean is not a new agreement. Turkey has signed the same agreement with the Libyan Gaddafi government before, without new content.

Erdogan also said Turkey has the largest continental shelf in the Mediterranean. Previously, the Greek and southern Cyprus governments planned to blockade Turkey in the Mediterranean, but now such a blockade has been broken.

At the end of November last year, the Turkish government and the Libyan government of national unity signed two memoranda. One is a memorandum of understanding on maritime jurisdiction, which gives Turkey a larger exclusive economic zone in the eastern Mediterranean. Another is a memorandum of understanding on security and military cooperation, according to which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey can send troops to Libya if the government of national unity requests it.

In early April last year, the Libyan national army launched a military operation against Tripoli, fighting against the forces of the government of national unity, which controls the city. In December, Libyas national army said the military operation to attack and seize Tripoli had entered the final stage.

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