The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ANKARA – Turkey has sent a first contingent of 35 soldiers to Libya in support of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.
Speaking during a meeting with the leaders of his Justice and Development Party, Erdogan said the soldiers currently have “a coordinating role” in support of Tripoli and “will not fight” and “even the soldiers who will be sent later will not participate in the fighting”.
Turkey’s parliament approved a bill last Thursday that allows for the deployment of troops in Libya to back the Government of National Accord (GNA), whose loyal militias are currently battling the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Tripoli.
This came after GNA’s Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj and Erdogan signed a military agreement in November.