İrem UZUN -TDO- Turkey is preparing to strengthen its relations with Libya further, to the point of considering sending troops to the war-stricken country amid a recent cooperation deal over the Eastern Mediterranean. For this purpose, the deal with Libya on military cooperation came to the Turkish Parliament to be ratified on Saturday.
Such a move would risk a direct military confrontation with General Khalifa Haftar, the eastern Libyan military warlord who is thought to be planning a decisive assault on the government of national accord in Tripoli, or the Government of National Accord (GNA). Either the UAE or Egypt, which are supporting Haftar’s forces, might also become involved.
While the maritime accord has been sent to the United Nations for approval, Egypt, which has condemned the maritime deal as “illegal”, urged other countries on Sunday to stop intervening in Libya to enable the country to restore its own security and stability, in an apparent rebuke to Turkey.
The deal outlines the establishment of a military unit with the duties of a police force to function in Libya with Turkish training. Turkey will also provide consultancy, experience, planning and equipment. It also outlines the formation of an office to orchestrate defense and security cooperation between both countries. Following the military cooperation deal, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said Ankara might consider sending troops to Libya if the Libyan government made such a demand.