Turkey: The security memorandum of understanding with Libya is not new and we pledge to send soldiers if the Libyan side requests

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 13 Dec 2019, 11:22 AM
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The spokesman for the Turkish Republic’s Presidency, Ambassador Ibrahim Lalin, said that the memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the security and military field signed on November 27 in Istanbul with the Government of National Accord (GNA) "is not new, it was agreed upon in 2011 or 2012." He explained that Ankara and Tripoli "at the present time just modernized and expanded the agreement."

The statements by Ambassador Kalin came during a press conference held today, Thursday, at the presidential palace in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Speaking to reporters about the Memorandum of Understanding on security and military cooperation with the GNA, Kalin added that "according to this agreement, Turkey pledges to send soldiers to Libya, in case the Libyan government recognized by the United Nations requests."

Contradicting what was said on Wednesday by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu that the security agreement between his country and Libya “does not include a clause regarding Turkey’s deployment of forces there,” explaining that “the new agreement focuses mainly on training.”

The GNA and Turkey signed two memoranda of understanding on maritime boundires and security/military cooperation sparking widespread responses at the local, regional and international levels, in light of the continuing war in the vicinity of the capital, Tripoli.

The spokesman for the Turkish presidency confirmed to reporters that Ankara has not yet received a request for troop deployments from the GNA, adding that he hope "Libya will not be forced to do so" and that "the clashes will end and a ceasefire between the two sides will be achieved."

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