The Turkish parliament approves deployment of troops to Libya

The Turkey’s parliament has approved the deployment of troops to Libya. The country has taken this initiative to sustain a UN-backed government in Tripoli. In the wake of this, US President Donald Trump has warned against any ‘foreign intervention’ in war-torn Libya. A chaotic situation has been prevailing in Libya ever since the ouster of dictator Moammar Gaddafi in the NATO-backed movement in 2001. Rival administration in the east and west of the country is fighting for power. The Tripoli government, led by Fayez al-Suraj, has been subjected to massive attacks by General Khalifa Haftar, a militarily powerful leader since April. Turkey’s regional rival countries Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates are supporting him. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement that Trump telephoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in response to Ankara’s intervention after Thursday’s vote, saying that foreign intervention was complicating the situation in Libya. Egypt also strongly condemned Turkey’s move, saying that Turkey’s actions on Libya were a direct violation of the International Law and Security Council’s proposal. Meanwhile, Israel, Cyprus and Greece have strongly condemned Turkey’s move as a grave threat to regional stability. -Washington Post and AFP

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