Libya's Presidential Council approves activation of security and military agreement with Turkey

Libya's Presidential Council approves activation of security and military agreement with Turkey

December 19, 2019 - 20:54
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Presidential Council approved Thursday the activation of security and military agreement with Turkey and agreed to receive military support for the Libyan Army forces from Ankara for the battle of defending Tripoli.

The Presidential Council's government convened an extraordinary meeting on Thursday in the presence of military officers and endorsed unanimously the activation of the two MoUs signed with Turkey and agreed to the Turkish offer to provide military support to the Libyan Army.

Sources reported that the Presidential Council's government had sent requests to Italy, the UK, and the US calling for logistical support, stressing that it is the only Libyan state entity allowed to import weapons given the fact that there has been a Security Council arms embargo on Libya since 2011.

This development comes one day after the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview that Ankara will speed up cooperation with Libya and that his government is ready to support Libya at any moment the Presidential Council requests, saying the support includes "military assistance."

Libya and Turkey signed on November 27 two MoUs in security and maritime cooperation as per the international law.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament approved two days ago the security and military MoU with Libya and passed it to the Parliament, which on December 05 approved the maritime MoU.