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Turkey Combat Troops Aren’t About to Enter Libya War, Envoy Says

  • Erdogan’s envoy to country comments on involvement in war
  • Turkish lawmakers to vote Saturday on accord with Sarraj
Fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord open tank fire in the al-Sawani area south of Tripoli during clashes with forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar on June 13.

Fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord open tank fire in the al-Sawani area south of Tripoli during clashes with forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar on June 13.

Photographer: Mahmud Turkia/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey doesn’t foresee deploying combat troops to Libya under its military pact to support the country’s internationally recognized government, but could send personnel to help with training and guidance if requested by Tripoli, according to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s envoy to the fractured nation.

Turkish lawmakers will vote on the bilateral agreement on Saturday, Emrullah Isler told a conference in Ankara. The government of United Nations-backed Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj approved the pact with Turkey around the same time the ambassador spoke.