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State Department criticized the actions of Turkey in Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The US does not support Turkey’s actions in Libya and is trying to dissuade them from the actions, said US Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East David Schenker, speaking on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“No, we are trying to dissuade them from this,” he said, answering a senator’s question whether the US supports Turkey’s actions in Libya. According to him, the United States “worked to dissuade Turkey from deploying troops in Libya.”

Schenker noted that the involvement of Turkish forces in Libya established the status quo in the country, weakening the position of the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Earlier, Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey does not intend to leave Libya until stability is established there.

At the end of November 2019, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Fayez Sarraj, the head of the Libyan PNS, which controls only part of the country’s territory, signed memoranda of military cooperation and understanding on maritime zones that were condemned in the region.

Following the Turkish parliament’s approval of military support for Libya on January 2, Ankara said on January 6 that it had sent the military to help Sarraj. On Monday, Erdogan said that Turkey has not yet sent troops to Libya, only Turkish military advisers are present there.

After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya virtually ceased to function as a single state. Dual power reigns in the country now. The parliament elected by the people sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the Government of National Accord, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, rules.

The authorities of the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan National Army of Haftar.

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