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Turkey seeks to use two Libyan bases as a permanent stronghold with GNA’s complicity

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Turkey and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) are discussing possible Turkish use of two military bases in Libya with a view to a lasting Turkish presence in the south Mediterranean, a Turkish source told Reuters on Monday.

No final decisions have been made over possible Turkish military use of the Misrata naval base and the al-Watiya air base, which was recently recaptured by the Turkish-backed GNA.

“Turkey using al-Watiya … is on the agenda,” said the source, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity. “It could also be possible for the Misrata naval base to be used by Turkey.”

Syrian militants as well as Turkish troops were deployed by Ankara to Tripoli in effort to aid GNA, whose militias have been fighting the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Haftar, since April last year.

Ankara’s move was heavily criticized by regional and international powers who deemed it as an escalation of the conflict in Libya and a violation of the UN arms embargo.

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