The Turkish parliament voted, as expected, to authorise a motion to allow the Turkish government to send troops to Libya for up to one year.
Turkey’s main opposition party, who voted against, noted this would make Turkey party to the “shedding of Muslims’ blood” and called on Erdogan’s government to help implement a diplomatic solution instead. However, the ruling AK party and its main coalition partner had enough votes to authorise the resolution by themselves.
UN representative to Libya Ghassan Salame, described Turkey’s possible entrance as an “escalation” of the conflict.
The Turkish resolution would allow Erdogan to deploy non-combat troops to Libya to advise the GNA. Senior Turkish officials, who spoke to Bloomberg, said that Turkey plans on sending Naval forces and additional troops to protect the GNA and Turkish interests in Libya. Turkey is currently Libya’s main trade partner, with Turkish investments in Libya standing at close to $30 billion.
Prior to the vote, Turkish VP Fuat Oktay hinted, in an interview with Turkish media, that Turkey might hold off on troop deployment if Haftar and the LNA decide to pull their forces back from Tripoli.