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Turkey’s Position in the Libyan Crisis

This paper discusses Turkey’s relations with Libya, especially after the latest ground-breaking and rapid developments that took place in Libya such as Khalifa Haftar’s attempt to invade Tripoli, the signing of two memoranda of understanding between Turkey and the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the dramatic change in the military situation of the country. It argues that Turkey’s military support changed the positions of many domestic and external actors in Libya by tilting the balance of power in favor of the GNA.

Turkey s Position in the Libyan Crisis
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meets with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj at the Presidential Complex on June 6, 2020. TCCB / MURAT ÇETİNMÜHÜRDAR / AA Photo
 

Received Date: 12/05/2020  •  Accepted Date: 15/06/2020

 

 

 

Introduction

 

On November 27, 2019, Turkey and Libya signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the delimitation of maritime jurisdictions and security and defense cooperation. The Turkish Parliament’s authorization to deploy Turkish troops to Libya on January 2, 2020 attracted public attention. These steps were taken in line with and against the backdrop of the deep historical background of Turkish-Libyan relations.

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