Libyan soldiers complete air defence course in Turkey

A contingent of Libyan soldiers returned home from Turkey after completing a training course on air defence systems, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Monday.

“Air Defense Weapon Systems Training’ was provided to twenty personnel of the Libyan Army who had come to Turkey as part of the military training, assistance & advice agreement. The soldiers returned to Libya yesterday after having completed their training sessions in Konya,” Turkey’s Ministry of National Defence tweeted with a video from the tutorial.

 

The Libyans attended the three-week training course on the equipment in central Konya province, part of a deepening cooperation between the two countries. 

On Nov. 27, 2019, Ankara and Libya’s United Nations recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) signed two memorandums of understanding, on military cooperation and maritime boundaries of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey has supported the Tripoli-based GNA in its conflict with the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by France, the UAE, Russia and Egypt. 

Ankara’s military assistance last year was pivotal in pushing the LNA away from Tripoli and towards today’s stalemate.