A presidential motion, signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to extend the authorization for the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya for another 24 months was submitted to the Turkish parliament on Friday.
The motion said that the continuation of the ceasefire and the political dialogue process in Libya, and the establishment of peace and stability as a result of this process, were of great importance for Türkiye.
It added that the risks and threats arising from Libya persisted for Türkiye and the entire region, saying that in case of the resumption of attacks against the legitimate government, Türkiye’s interests in both the Mediterranean basin and North Africa would be adversely affected.
The motion indicated to the Parliament that preventing the resumption of conflicts was significant for making sure of the conclusion of military and political negotiations that were being conducted under the auspices of the United Nations.
The Turkish Parliament first allowed the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya for one year in January 2020. Libya’s then-Government of National Accord (GNA) had formally requested Turkish “air, ground and sea” military support to fend off an offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces to seize control of the capital Tripoli.
Libya and Türkiye signed security and maritime boundary MoUs in November 2019, along with Türkiye’s aid to help the legitimate Libyan government push back the attack on Tripoli.