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Turkish parliament supports sending military to Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Turkish Grand National Assembly (VNST) supported the bill providing for the sending of military personnel to Libya.

“509 deputies took part in the vote, 325 of them supported the bill, 184 against,” said VNST speaker Mustafa Sentop.

It is assumed that at the first stage, military specialists from Turkey will go to Libya to train fighters of the government of national accord. It is possible that the Turkish side will transfer the missile defense systems to the Allies.

Turkish President Recep Erdogan and his Justice and Development party submitted the bill to parliament on December 30.

Initially, the media reported on Erdogan’s intention to help the rebels in Libya. Additional troops were needed to repel an attack on the capital of Tripoli from the east of the country.

On December 27, Libya formally requested military support from Turkey.

On December 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Erdogan discussed conflicts in Syria and Libya during a telephone conversation. The agenda of the negotiations included the problem of the Libyan settlement and clashes in the Tripoli region.

After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, hostilities in Libya do not stop. Dual power reigns supreme in the country. In the east – the parliament elected by the people. In the west, in the capital of 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 are collaborating with the Libyan National Army, led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

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