Trump spoke on the phone with the Turkish President
The Turkish Parliament approved the request by the Turkish government to send troops to Libya. This decision is believed to give Recep Tayyip Erdogan the go ahead to send troops to support the Tripoli government, but also to negotiate with other countries in order not to send!
The decision to send troops was taken by 325 votes to 124. Members of the ruling coalition, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) as well as the Nationalist Action Party (MHP), voted in favor. The opposition voted against this mandate, while the agreement that defining the maritime areas of responsibility with Libya had been supported by all parties except the pro-Kurdish HDP.
“In a country where there is a civil war, namely in Libya, it would be right to try to mediate between Haftar and the Government of National Accord, but we do not consider it right for Turkey to send troops and take part in the civil war in favor of one side”, said Meral Aksene, president said of the Good Party (Iyi parti)
The mandate received by the Turkish government is for one year, and the number of troops and the area of mission in Libya can be determined by the Turkish president himself.
Immediately after the Parliament’s decision, it was announced that Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump.
According to an official statement, the two men discussed developments in Libya and Syria.
The Turkish President said he was watching with concern the attacks on US security forces in Iraq. The same sources say the two leaders stressed the importance of diplomacy in resolving regional issues and agreed to step up their co-operation in bilateral relations. Political analysts estimate that Trump’s phone call could delay the immediate deployment of Turkish troops to Tripoli for a few days.
Against this backdrop, Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez has spoken of the possibility of granting marine plots in areas that are included in the agreement signed with Libya. That is, south of Kastelorizo and east and south of Crete. “With the help of God, in the coming months, ie within 2020 under the Maritime Definition Agreement we have signed with Libya, we will quickly begin the works of plots concession”, the Turkish energy minister said.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his telephone conversation to the Navy, via Akar’s phone, likened Turkey’s action in the Mediterranean to that of Barbarossa!
“As you know in the eastern Mediterranean we are taking another step with Libya. And with this step in the Mediterranean, our soldiers will write an epic as we did in history with Barbarossa”, Erdogan said.
Turkey’s Vice President Fuat Oktay, referring to Greece-Cyprus and Israel co-operation, said that “there are games against us that aim to rend us unable to put our feet in the water, to be unable to throw a fishing line. We are there to destroy them”.
In an interview with the Turkish news agency Anadolu, the Turkish vice-president said they realized there was a gradual siege of Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. “We saw this and we took our measures accordingly. We proceeded to dismantle this game, especially with the EEZ agreement signed with Libya. We managed to escape by destroying it”.
Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar referred to the Cyprus issue and said that “Cyprus is our national issue. Everyone should know this. Behave accordingly! Do not violate our rights and our interests. And so we can talk and continue our relations within good neighbourliness”./ibna