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Turkey extends troop mandate in Gulf of Aden, Somalia, Arabian Sea

Children greets soldiers with Turkish flags during Turkish military convoy on 7 February, 2020 in Hatay, Turkey [Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency]
Children greets soldiers with Turkish flags during Turkish military convoy on 7 February, 2020 in Hatay, Turkey [Cem Genco/Anadolu Agency]

Turkey published a motion extending the deployment of Turkish troops in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia and the Arabian Sea until 10 February, 2023 for the stability of region, Anadolu News Agency reports.

According to the report, Turkey's Official Gazette published, on Saturday, that Turkish troops in the Gulf of Aden, Somalia and the Arabian Sea will be staying and continue to support humanitarian activities in the region.

The naval elements are deployed to ensure the effective protection of Turkish flagged vessels and commercial vessels linked to Turkey sailing in the region, the report says.

The motion supports the national policy of continuing cooperation with relevant countries and reinforces the role Turkey plays in the United Nations system on a regional and global scale.

The deployment of troops in the region was approved by Parliament in 2008.

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