Turkish-Libyan Military Agreement

Ankara has already sent military deliveries to Libya that violate a UN arms embargo, according to a REPORT by UN experts who consulted Reuters last month. ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey`s parliament on Saturday approved a security and military cooperation agreement signed last month with Libya`s internationally recognized government, state media reported, a deal that could pave the way for Ankara`s military aid. Last November, Turkey and Libya signed a security and military cooperation agreement. On July 4, unidentified non-Libyan warplanes attacked the Al-Watiya airbase. The airstrikes destroyed GNA military equipment brought in by Turkey, including three MIM-23 Hawk air defense systems and a KORAL Electronic Warfare system stationed at the base. The Turkish Defense Ministry acknowledged that the attacks had damaged some of their defense systems. [48] Turkish officials said no one was killed in the attack and promised retaliation, indicating that the attack may have been carried out by Emirati Dassault Mirage aircraft. [49] On August 21, both the GNA and the LNA declared a ceasefire. [50] The GNA was established in 2015 as part of an agreement led by the United Communities. Unfortunately, efforts to find a long-term political solution have failed due to military offensives by forces loyal to Haftar, backed by Egypt, France, the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) and Russia. Turkey`s defense minister and military chief on Friday signed a military agreement with battalions fighting on behalf of the Government of National Accord (GNA) that controls Tripoli to ensure Ankara`s interests in Libya, sources confirmed.

According to the sources, the military agreement guarantees the protection of Turkish interests in Libya and allows for Ankara`s direct intervention in the country. In June, Turkish military support from the GNA helped repel an attack on Tripoli by the Libyan National Army (LNA), deployed in the east, backed by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Libya`s deputy defense minister announced on Monday that his country had agreed with Turkey and Qatar to sign a tripartite military cooperation agreement to bolster the capabilities of the Libyan military. Following the military cooperation agreement, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara could consider sending troops to Libya if the internationally recognized government in Tripoli so requests. The Libyan belligerents also agreed in Geneva for foreign forces and mercenaries to leave Libya. The Turkish military intervention in Libya is mainly interpreted as an attempt to secure access to resources and maritime borders in the eastern Mediterranean as part of its Blue Homeland Doctrine (Mavi Vatan in Turkish), especially after the ratification of the maritime agreement between Libya and Turkey. It is assumed that among Turkey`s secondary objectives is the fight against Egyptian and Emirati influence in the Middle East and North Africa.[33] Turkish participation has also given rise to disputes with Greece and Cyprus. [34] TRIPOLIS – Turkey appears to be in a race against time to exploit international hesitations about its military actions in Libya, to transform its current presence in the North African country into a permanent protectorate based on military, security and economic agreements. . .


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