Turkish Parliament votes on sending troops to Libya
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he addresses the members of his ruling party, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Erdogan says Thursday his government will submit a bill to parliament that would allow Turkey to send troops to Libya, in support of the U.N.-backed government there. Erdogan said the Libyan government, which controls the capital, Tripoli, has "invited" Turkey to send troops. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkish Parliament votes on sending troops to Libya

Turkey’s parliament has voted Today to send troops to Libya to back the UN-supported government in Tripoli in its fight against forces loyal to a rival administration in eastern Libya seeking to capture the capital.

Despite concerns that Turkish forces could aggravate Libya's conflict further and destabilize the region, The Turkish legislators approved the motion that will grant a one-year mandate for the deployment.

The Tripoli-based government of Nationa Accord (GNA)the Libyan prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, has faced an offensive by the rival, east-based government and commander Gen Khalifa Haftar. The fighting has threatened to plunge Libya into violence rivaling the 2011 conflict that ousted and killed the longtime dictator Muammar Al Gaddafi.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last month that al-Sarraj requested the Turkish deployment after the two signed a military deal that allows Ankara to dispatch military experts and personnel to Libya.

Ankara says the deployment is vital for Turkey to safeguard its interests in Libya and in the eastern Mediterranean, where it finds itself increasingly isolated as Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Israel have established exclusive economic zones paving the way for oil and gas exploration.

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