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Turkey says Tripoli government has not asked yet for troop deployment

FILE PHOTO: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, October 29, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
2019-12-14

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SULAIMANI — Libya has not made a request to Turkey for sending troops to back forces of the internationally-recognized government battling Khalifa Haftar’s Libya National Army (LNA), Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday (December 14).

“No, not yet” Cavusoglu said when asked at the Doha Forum if such a request had been made, according to Reuters.

President Tayyip Erdogan said last week that Turkey could send troops to Libya if the Tripoli-based government of Fayez al-Serraj requested it, following a security and military deal between the two countries.

(NRT Digital Media/Reuters)