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Erdogan alludes to deployment of troops in Libya

Turkey has the right to send troops to Libya if requested by the Tripoli government. That is what Turkish President Erdogan says in an interview with broadcaster TRT that the international embargo against Libya would not apply in those circumstances.

Turkey is an essential ally of the Tripoli government, which the UN sees as the country’s official government. According to Erdogan, sending soldiers at the request of the Libyan national government can “never be understood” as a violation of the embargo.

“Turkey would decide what action it would take if it received such an invitation.”

In Libya, chaos has reigned since the death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj is besieged in the capital Tripoli by troops of warlord Khalifa Haftar. It also has foreign allies.

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