Erdogan: Turkish Soldiers are Gradually Being Deployed to Libya – Al Marsad

President Erdogan said his country is deploying military units in Libya to support what he described as the legitimate government in the country. He said that Turkish units will serve as a deterrence force to help achieve a cessation to the nine months ongoing fighting, according to television statements made tonight.

[Libya, 5 January 2020] – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised interview tonight that Turkish soldiers are gradually being deployed to Libya. He said Turkish military personnel are tasked with coordination at a command centre in Libya.

“The goal of the Turkish Armed Forces is not to engage in the fighting there, but to ensure a ceasefire in Libya while supporting the government in Tripoli,” Erdogan said, calling the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord the “legitimate government.” Erdogan’s comments were aired in a joint live broadcast by Canal D and CNN Turk.

The Turkish President’s statements to the two news networks came in the wake of the decision by the Turkish Parliament on Thursday to grant a one-year mandate to the Turkish government to send troops to Libya.

President Erdogan chaired a high-level meeting yesterday that was attended by Vice President Fuat Oktay, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, as well as Hakan Fidan, the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), İbrahim Kalın, the spokesman for the presidency, and Communications Director Fahrettin Altun.

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