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Turkey plans to create two permanent military bases in Libya

ANKARA, (BM) – Turkey is preparing to create two permanent military bases in Libya, the Yeni Safak newspaper reports with reference to military sources, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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It is noted that the Government of Libyan National Accord is considering the provision of Turkey Al-Vatiya air base, where Ankara plans to deploy air defense systems and combat drones. The second base can be created in the port of Misrat, where the ships of the Turkish Navy will be deployed.

According to the newspaper, Turkey may become a co-owner of offshore oil companies in the exclusive economic zone of Libya, and the presence of Turkish warships is necessary to ensure the safety of drilling operations. In addition, Turkey considers it appropriate to have its own Navy in the region due to the aggravation of relations with Greece.

After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya virtually ceased to function as a single state. Dual power reigns in the country now.

The parliament elected by the people sits in the east, and in the west, in the capital Tripoli, the Government of National Accord, headed by Fayez Sarraj, formed with the support of the UN and the European Union, rules.

The authorities of the eastern part of the country operate independently of Tripoli and cooperate with the Libyan National Army, led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who has not stopped trying to capture Tripoli since April 2019.

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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 Sarraj, 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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