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Turkey parliament prolongs army's mission in Libya

Armoured vehicles of Turkish Armed Forces are seen as they begin a second round of patrolling in the northern Syrian city of Manbij as part of the objective to clear the area of the YPG/PKK fighters on June 20, 2018 [Saher el Hacci / Anadolu Agency]
Armoured vehicles of Turkish Armed Forces on 20 June 2018 [Saher el Hacci/Anadolu Agency]

The deployment of Turkish troops in Libya was extended for another 18 months, the Turkish parliament announced on Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reports.

The parliament approved a motion calling for an extension in troop deployment in Libya for another 18 months.

"There are threats from Libya to Turkey and the entire region, and if attacks resume again, Turkey's interests in the Mediterranean basin and North Africa will be adversely affected," the motion said.

Meanwhile, the local sources in Libya pointed out that Turkey continues to provide education, healthcare and humanitarian assistance to Libya, in addition to military support, as part of its commitment to the agreement concluded with the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli.

Turkey supported the United Nations-sponsored political process which led to the creation of the GNA in 2015.

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