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Turkey will keep "saving" Libya

The Turkish army will maintain presence in Libya for the next year and a half

Turkey will keep "saving" Libya
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The National parliament has examined President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's official request and gave its consent to the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya starting January 2, 2021 for 18 months.

The document signed by Erdogan and directed to the parliament, contains its own interpretation of Libya events and Ankara's role in the internal crisis. Thus, the February 2011 coup is described as people's craving for democracy, and the 2015 Skhirat agreements "put an end to the war, allowed the formation of a legitimate and internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), and preserve Libya's territorial integrity".

Turkish authorities believe Ankara was obliged to side with the legitimate government of Libya after Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) launched an offensive against Tripoli in April 2019. It is maintained that an agreement on mutual military assistance and security cooperation was signed to this end between the governments of both countries in November 2019.

In fact, the main reason for Turkish intervention in Libya's internal conflict lies under the Mediterranean Sea surface – Turkey's desire to qualify for the oil shelf. Which was done in the first place. Erdogan signed an agreement with GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj in violation of international law on changing the borders of the economic zone that infringes on the interests of Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt.

In return, the Turks started providing military support to the Libyan GNA, promptly leveling out army success, throwing it to the east of the country. This only became possible due to the transfer of about 20 thousand Turkish-recruited Arab mercenary fighters to Libya from Syria, who engaged in military operations along with the Sarraj government.

In November this year, negotiations between representatives of the Libyan warring parties were held in Morocco and Geneva, yielding agreements on a ceasefire, political changes and the withdrawal of all the foreign formations from the country. So far, only the condition on freezing clashes has been fulfilled, with all the other ones remaining ink on paper.

The command of the Libyan National Army and countries supporting it (Egypt, Greece, UAE and a number of others) regard the Turkish Parliament's decision as a commitment to preserve the hotbed of tension in Libya in order to pursue their geopolitical and economic interests.

At the recent talks in Ankara, Recep Tayyip Erdogan assured Fayez al-Sarraj of his unwavering support to his government and the preservation of agreements aimed to ensure the security of the fraternal Libyan people.

The Turkish command, despite the prohibitive international decisions and measures taken, continues to pump weapons and military equipment into the country, prepare detachments of Muslim mercenaries for the upcoming military operations.

As soon as foreign mercenaries are ready to attack and sufficient weapons are accumulated, Ankara will possibly initiate military operations against the Libyan National Army, in defiance of other states' stance. The formal reason for this will be the Turkish most popular explanation, i.e. "preserving territorial integrity and protecting interests of the fraternal people."

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