Turkish Presidency: Our forces will remain in Libya as long as the military agreement stands

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 12 Feb 2021, 11:52 PM
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"Turkey's troops deployed in Libya will remain there as long as the bilateral military agreement exists between Ankara and Tripoli, and as long as the Libyan government requests it," Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said.

On November 27, 2019, Libya's Government of National Accord signed two memorandums of understanding with the Turkish government, the first concerning maritime borders and the second on cooperation in the security and military fields between the two sides.

In an interview with TRT channel, Kalin added that Turkish companies "will also play an active role in Libya's reconstruction efforts" and stressed that Ankara "will provide support to the interim government that was finally elected."

The Turkish parliament agreed at the end of December to extend the tasks of Turkish forces in Libya by 18 months. "The time and place of deployment of Turkish troops to Libya will be estimated by the president in accordance with the principles set by the president on taking all kinds of measures to eliminate risks and threats," the memorandum states.

The 90-day deadline set by the Libya ceasefire agreement signed in October calling for the departure of all foreign fighters and mercenaries expired on January 23rd.

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