Turkish Defence Minister: “Our Army is Ready to Protect Turkey’s Rights and Interests at Home or Abroad” – Al Marsad

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said today, “Our army is ready to protect Turkey’s rights and interests whether at home or abroad.”

[Libya, 29 December 2019] – He was commenting on the possibility of Turkey sending troops to Libya under a new security pact requested by the country’s Government of National Accord (GNA).

Akar during a meeting he held with the leaders of Turkish units stationed on the borders of Syria in the presence of army leaders given the developments in Idlib, according to the Turkish “Anatolia” Agency, on Sunday, touched on the authorization note expected to be passed from the Turkish parliament in order to send troops to Libya.

In this regard, the Turkish Minister of Defense stressed that the Turkish Armed Forces are ready to take charge inside and outside the country in order to protect Turkey’s rights and interests.

Although Turkey’s Parliament it to convene on 2 January to vote on the motion to send Turkish soldier to Libya to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), the country has witnessed over the last few days N unprecedented number of flights from Turkey to Libya with reports now from Libyan, Syrian and leading international news agencies of the transfer of Turkey-backed jihadis and militants from Northern Syria to Tripoli. Video footage emerged yesterday of Syrian Turkmen militants already in Tripoli.

Although the Tripoli-based GNA denied the footage, both Syrian opposition groups and pro-Erdogan Turkish sources have already confirmed the deployment of jihadists to Libya by GNA-Turkey.

The influx of militants from Syria by the GNA has escalated the danger to Libya and the region. UNSMIL has yet to issue a statement on this development.

© Al Marsad English (2019)