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Turkey’s defense chief visits troops in Libya

ANKARA – Turkey’s Defense Minister, Hulusi Akar, is heading for Libya on Saturday to visit Turkish troops in the country, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Accompanied by a “senior military delegation”, Akar will also meet with a number of Libyan officials, including Chairman of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mishri, as well as the Interior and Defense Ministers of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha and Saleh Al-Namroush, respectively.

GNA and Turkey signed a number of security agreements last year, which paved the way for Ankara to send its own troops as well as Syrian mercenaries to fight with GNA against the Libyan National Army (LNA), an eastern Libya-based forces that launched a military campaign to take over Tripoli in April 2019.

Notably, Akar’s surprise visit comes just a day after Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, LNA’s General Commander, called on his forces to take up arms to “drive out the Turkish occupier”.

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