Thursday, January 16, 2020
I wrote – Rana Osama:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Thursday that his country will start sending its forces to Libya, in support of the government of national reconciliation headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, in defiance of international decisions days before a forthcoming summit in the capital Berlin to discuss the crisis in Libya, according to “Reuters”.
Erdogan added, in a speech from Ankara, that Turkey will continue to use all diplomatic and military means to ensure stability on its southern land or sea borders, including Libya.
He also indicated at the same time that Turkey will begin granting licenses for exploration and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean during the current year, according to the security agreement concluded with Al-Sarraj. He said that the Turkish Uruk Reyes ship will start its seismic activities to search for gas in the region.
This comes 3 days before a conference in the German capital Berlin to discuss the situation in Libya, with the participation of Erdogan.
It also coincides with the arrival of German Foreign Minister Haikou Maas to Benghazi on Thursday to discuss with the leader of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, about the situation in Libya.