Turkish parliament ratifies motion on military deal with Libya

Turkish parliament on Saturday ratified a motion on the approval of last month’s agreement between Turkey and Libya on military cooperation, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. 

Turkey and Libya's UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) on Nov. 27 signed two separate agreements, including one on military cooperation calling for increased cooperation in the exchange of personnel, materials, equipment, consultancy, and experience between the two sides.

Turkey's other deal redefines Turkey’s maritime borders in the Mediterranean.

Following the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Ankara would consider sending troops to Libya if the U.N.-recognised Tripoli government made such a request.

On Thursday, Libya's internationally recognised government said it had ratified the security and military cooperation deal, opening the way for potential help from Turkey as it fights a months-long offensive by rival forces.

Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) on April 4 launched an assault to topple the GNA in Tripoli, led by Fayez al Sarraj, and they have since neared Tripoli with support from Russian forces.