On Saturday, the Turkish presidency submitted a memorandum to the Turkish parliament; To extend the missions of its forces in Libya for an additional 18 months.
The memorandum, signed by Turkish President Rejep Tayyip Erdogan, stated that the aim of sending Turkish forces to Libya is to protect national interests within the framework of international law and to take all necessary precautions against security risks originating from illegal armed groups in Libya – according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
The presidency indicated that the memorandum seeks to maintain security against potential dangers such as mass migrations, to provide the humanitarian aid needed by the Libyan people, and to provide the necessary support to the legitimate government.
The presidency memorandum indicated that the Government of National Accord sent a support appeal to Turkey in November 2019 to confront Haftar’s attacks on the capital, Tripoli, pointing out that “Haftar’s forces” are still controlling several areas with the support of foreign parties, which would continue the dangers emanating from Libya towards the countries of the region.
It is worth noting that Libya signed an agreement with Turkey on November 27, 2019 to strengthen security and military cooperation. The agreement includes provisions for maintaining security and protecting Libya’s sovereignty, and strengthening the capabilities of the Government of National Accord in combating terrorism, irregular migration, crime and protecting the maritime rights of the two countries in accordance with international law and establishing training and education tasks, And develop the legal framework, and strengthen relations between the Turkish and Libyan armies.