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Turkey: Parliament passes bill to deploy troops to Libya00:41

Turkey: Parliament passes bill to deploy troops to Libya

Turkey, Ankara
January 02, 2020 at 16:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

In an emergency session held in Ankara on Thursday, the Turkish Parliament approved a motion to deploy Turkish troops to Libya for one year.

The parliament passed the bill with 325 votes against 184 to send troops to Libya to back the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

"I wish this motion would be beneficial from almighty god," announced Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mustafa Sentop.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had first announced the possibility of a military deployment to Libya during a surprise visit to Tripoli on December 25.

On November 27, Libya's GNA and Turkey signed a military and security cooperation agreement, mapping out a maritime boundary between both countries in the Mediterranean, close to the Greek island of Crete, leading the Greek authorities to expel Libyan Ambassador Mohamed Younis A.B. Menfi from Greece.

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In an emergency session held in Ankara on Thursday, the Turkish Parliament approved a motion to deploy Turkish troops to Libya for one year.

The parliament passed the bill with 325 votes against 184 to send troops to Libya to back the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

"I wish this motion would be beneficial from almighty god," announced Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mustafa Sentop.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had first announced the possibility of a military deployment to Libya during a surprise visit to Tripoli on December 25.

On November 27, Libya's GNA and Turkey signed a military and security cooperation agreement, mapping out a maritime boundary between both countries in the Mediterranean, close to the Greek island of Crete, leading the Greek authorities to expel Libyan Ambassador Mohamed Younis A.B. Menfi from Greece.

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