Turkey plans to set up two military bases in Libya

Turkey plans to set up two military bases in Libya

June 13, 2020 - 20:41
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

Turkey is planning to set up two military bases in Libya after the victory of Libyan Army forces under the command of the Government of National Accord and liberation of south Tripoli and other western region areas from Khalifa Haftar's forces.

Yeni Safak newspaper in Turkey said, citing military sources, Ankara and Tripoli's cooperation is becoming more thorough as Al-Watiya airbase is being re-operated for Turkey, adding that Ankara will put anti-aircraft systems and drones inside Al-Watiya airbase, as they proved successful in operations against Haftar's forces.

It also said that rebuilding projects have already begun as Turkey is willing to provide massive contributions to reconstruct the destruction caused by the nine-year war.

It also indicated that oil drilling and exploration activities are going to start as well between Ankara and Libya, in addition to giving Turkey another military base in Misrata, according to Yeni Safak.

It said Turkey worked to resolve the Libyan conflict using not only ground and air forces but also the naval force, creating a naval missions force off the Libyan coast, helping to thwart threats from the sea to the country.

"The tension and Greek provocations in Eastern Mediterranean requires the presence of Turkish naval forces in Libyan territory and that is why Misrata port will be a military base for Ankara." The newspaper added, saying it will have the biggest share in Libyan oil drilling and that is why Turkish ships should be inside Libyan waters.