Turkish parliamentary committee approves security and military agreement with Libya


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The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament approved on Monday the memorandum of understanding signed last month between Libya and Turkey on security and military cooperation.

According to Anadolu News Agency, the MoU includes cooperation in the fields of security and military training, defence industries, and combating terrorism and irregular migration.

It contains logistical cooperation such as mapping, military planning, and transfer of experiences, in addition to establishing a mutual defence and security cooperation office upon request.

It also includes provisions for launching a “quick reaction force” if requested by the Libyan government.

The agreement will become law after being ratified by the full parliament.

On Nov. 7, Ankara and the Tripoli-based Libyan government reached two separate memorandums of understanding (MoU), one on military cooperation and the other on maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The maritime pact asserted Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to the resources in the area. It went into effect on Dec. 8.

Following the military cooperation deal, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said Ankara might consider sending troops to Libya if the Libyan government made a request.



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