Turkish parliament ratifies security accord with Libya's GNA

The Turkish parliament approved on Saturday the security and military cooperation deal signed with UN-recognized GNA in Libya
Monday, 23 December 2019 10:43

The security and military co-operation agreement signed last month with the Tripoli-based Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) was approved by the Turkish Grand National Assembly. With the adoption of the bill on the ratification of the memorandum of understanding of security and military cooperation, Turkey's military assistance to Libya has been legalized. 

The AKP government openly supports Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Fayez al-Serraj against Khalifa Haftar’s forces controlling the majority of the country.

The AKP government had previously sent military supplies to Libya in violation of the United Nations arms embargo. Recently, the Arab press claimed that AKP sent special forces to Libya.

125 were voted against, while 269 were voted in favor of the security agreement in the Turkish parliament.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan had said Turkey could send troops to Libya to support GNA if necessary. Meanwhile, Russia stated that Moscow was concerned about the possibility of Turkey sending troops to Libya.

The Kremlin announced on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet next month to discuss Libya.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay had stated that the agreement with Libya was of historical significance for Turkey and Ankara was ready to consider the deployment of troops.