Turkey moved closer to military support for Tripoli internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) during the weekend when a bilateral deal that provides for a swift reaction force if requested by Fayez Al Sarraj administration was submitted to Turkish parliament.
Erdogan said that Turkey was ready to provide Tripoli any military support it needed after Ankara and Libya’s internationally recognised government signed the deal.
Ankara’s latest move raises tensions in the Mediterranean region and risks confrontation with Libya National Army forces led by Khalifa Haftar based in eastern Libya, where the Interim government supported by Parliament is has been based since 2014.
Late last month, Ankara and Tripoli signed an expanded security and military accord and, separately, a Memorandum on maritime boundaries that Greece and Cyprus said violates international law.
We will be protecting the rights of Libya and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said on A Haber TV. “We are more than ready to give whatever support necessary to Libya.”
While the maritime accord has been sent to the United Nations for endorsement, the military deal has been presented to Turkey’s Parliament.
“Parliament will enter it into force after approval,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
At present the date of vote in the Parliament dominated by Erdogan ruling AK Party has been not announced yet.