Erdogan to send Turkish troops to Libya

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that Turkey will introduce a bill to send troops to Libya as soon as parliament resumes, in response to the invitation from Fayez al-Saraj.

Erdoğan said the military mandate to send troops to Libya will be on the parliament’s agenda when it resumes on Jan. 8-9.

He criticized countries supporting the East Libya-based Marshal Khalifa Haftar rather than Fayez al-Sarraj.

“They support a warlord but we support the legitimate government and accept their invitation to send troops. This is what makes us different,” Erdoğan said.

Erdogan reiterated Turkey’s determination to provide the necessary assistance to the Tripoli administration, which he said is fighting against “putschist commander Haftar, supported by various European, Arab countries.”

Erdoğan continued by saying that Turkey has historic and brotherly ties to the Mediterranean and North African regions and developments in those areas directly affect the country. He noted that Libya was particularly important to the Ottoman Empire and the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

“Gazi Mustafa Kemal mobilized our brothers and sisters in the Tripoli, Benghazi and Derna areas against the occupying forces and fought with them,” Erdoğan said, adding that he sustained an injury to his eye during the clashes in Derna.