Libya's House of Rep. supports Turkey-Libya deal

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Speaking in the northern province of Kocaeli, Erdogan said Turkey had recently provided "very serious" support to the GNA, adding Libya was a country Turkey would support "with its life".

Turkey's parliament on Saturday approved a security and military cooperation deal signed with Libya's internationally recognised government, as the U.S. said it was very concerned about the intensification of the conflict in the divided African country.

His comments come a day after the Turkish parliament ratified a security and military cooperation deal signed between Ankara and Tripoli last month.

"Five soldiers were killed by Haftar's air force as the troops were pursuing remnants of Islamic State terrorists in southern Sirte", said Taha Hadid, spokesman of Sirte's Protection and Security Force, the security service of the Sirte government.

The development comes as Turkey recently increased its backing for Libya's United Nations -supported government, based in the country's west, in the capital of Tripoli.

"Those who oppose us have no sense of rights, law, justice, ethics or mercy", Erdogan said, referring to Greece, Israel and Egypt, who have opposed the maritime accord.

He said on Friday that Turkey could not remain silent over Russian-backed mercenaries backing Haftar's forces.

The United States continues to recognise the Government of National Accord led by Fayez al-Serraj, the official said, but added that Washington is not taking sides in the conflict and is talking to all stakeholders who could be influential in trying to forge an agreement. Greece, a longtime rival of Turkey, expelled Libya's ambassador and on Sunday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visited Benghazi, the seat of the east-based administration and Hifter's LNA.

Erdogan underlined that the stakeholders of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea are all the countries along its coasts. He said Turkey could deploy troops to Libya upon request. The Tripoli-based government has signed a "maritime borders" deal with Turkey to which every other country in the eastern Mediterranean objects.

Since the ouster of late leader Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: one in eastern Libya supported mainly by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and another in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and worldwide recognition.

The GNA has been fighting a months-long offensive by Libyan renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar forces based in the east of the country.



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