Turkey sending troops to Libya … and preparing for drilling

Turkey is dispatching troops to Libya, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, as Reuters reported. Erdogan’s announcement on the deployment of Turkish troops to Libya comes after the Turkey-Libya agreement sparked a backlash from Greece, Cyprus and Egypt.

Erdogan added that Turkey will continue to use all diplomatic and military means to ensure stability in the south, including Libya.

The Turkish president also added that he would proceed in 2020 to issue permits for research activities and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, citing the agreement with Libya and specifically the memorandum of understanding between the two countries to establish maritime zones in the Mediterranean. He also noted that the Oruc Reis research vessel will launch seismic investigations.

At the same time, in his speech today, Erdogan sent a message of Turkey’s growth for 2020, noting that the country would protect its rights, especially in the Mediterranean. “By opening up production, exports and the employment rate and protecting our rights on the international front, especially in the Mediterranean region, we are opening the doors to a new era of growth,” Erdogan said.