President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkish military units had started moving to Libya to support Fayez al-Serraj’s internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli.
Turkey’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday that permits for the deployment of troops in Libya to guard Ankara’s interests in North Africa and therefore the Mediterranean and to assist achieve peace and stability in Libya.
“There are going to be an operation centre (in Libya), there’ll be a Turkish general officer leading and that they are going to be managing things over there (Turkish soldiers) are gradually moving there immediately ,” Erdogan said in an interview with CNN Turk.
The GNA last month requested Turkish support because it fends off an offensive by General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, which are backed by Russia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. On Saturday, a minimum of 30 people were killed and 33 others wounded in an attack on a academy within the Libyan capital.
Turkey condemned the attack and involved international steps to realize a ceasefire. GNA officials and forces allied with the govt declined to discuss the arrival of the Turkish troops. Senior Turkish military personnel will coordinate with the combatant forces in Libya also as provide training and expertise on the bottom , Erdogan said.
“There are going to be different units over there as combatant forces, they’re going to not be from our military. Our top-level military personnel are going to be coordinating things over there,” he added, without elaborating.