The Turkish Parliament approved on Thursday the presidential motion for extending the Turkish army’s mission in Libya for an additional 24 months, according to Anadolu News Agency.

On November 24, the Turkish presidency sent the Parliament a motion to extend the mission of Turkish forces in Libya for an additional 24 months, starting on January 2, 2024 and ending in January 2026.

The motion, which was signed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stated that the goal of sending Turkish forces was to protect national interests within the framework of international law, and to take all necessary precautions against security risks emanating from illegal armed groups in Libya.

Turkey sent its troops to Libya on January 2, 2020. Their mission was extended on June 21, 2021 for 18 months.