Turkish parliament extends mandate for military presence in Libya

22:00, 22 December 2020
Turkish parliament extends mandate for military presence in Libya Photo: AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed/ТАСС

Grand National Assembly of Turkey has extended the mandate for the Turkish Armed Forces' presence in Libya.

By presidential decree, the Turkish military can serve in Libya for the next 18 months. It is because the resumption of hostilities in Libya may pose a 'threat to Turkey's interests.'

To date, the ceasefire in Libya is not fully respected. The military training of mercenaries from the so-called Libyan National Army continues in Libya's central and eastern regions, with the support of foreign powers, the decree of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

The document indicates the importance of preventing the resumption of hostilities and the need to adhere to the agreements under the auspices of the UN.

For several years there have been two executive bodies in Libya. On the one hand, there is the Fayez al-Sarraj Government of National Accord, located in Tripoli. On the other hand, there is an interim cabinet supported by the parliament and the Libyan National Army of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

The military leader launched an offensive against the Libyan capital in April 2019. The Cabinet of Ministers in Tripoli asked Turkey for help based on a signed memorandum of military cooperation. After that, with Ankara's support, he managed to regain control over the territories captured by Haftar's army.