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Turkish Navy is sending a guided-missile frigate to Libya’s territorial waters

ANKARA, (BM) – A few hours ago, information appeared that the Turkish navy was sending its 3rd class frigate to the territorial waters of Libya, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing local and Turkish sources.

Read more: 24/7 BulgarianMilitary.com – All about Libyan civil war

The frigate’s goal, according to sources, will be to provide support to the Libyan Government of National Accord [GNA] army against Haftar’s forces [Libyan Natioanl Army, LNA – ed.] in the area of Sirte, Libya.

The G class is one of the frigate classes of the Turkish Navy. They are extensively modernized versions of ex-Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigates of the US Navy, mainly designed for air defense with a weapons configuration that is optimized for general warfare.

The frigate is armamed RIM-66E-5 Medium Range Surface-to-Air missiles.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).

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