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Erdogan says Turkey starting troop deployment to Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

ANKARA – Turkey is beginning to send troops into Libya in support of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, days before a summit in Berlin which will address the Libyan conflict.

Last week, Turkey and Russia tried and failed to urge Libya’s warring parties to declare a ceasefire.

On Thursday, Erdogan said Turkey was starting the deployment of its troops to Libya and that it would use all its diplomatic and military means to ensure stability to its south.

“In order for the legitimate government in Libya to remain standing and for stability to be established, we are now sending our soldiers to this country,” Erdogan told an event in Ankara.

“In the areas that remain between Turkey and Libya, it is now legally impossible for there to be exploration and drilling activities or a pipeline without the approval of both sides,” he said.

“After these licensing efforts, our Oruc Reis seismic exploration ship will begin its seismic research operations in the region,” he added.

Greece, Cyprus and other regional actors have opposed this accord, calling it illegal. Turkey has rejected the accusations.

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