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Turkey is well-known throughout the history of its colonial role in the region.
It had many heinous crimes.
Besides, today it repeats the experience in Libya to dominate on the Libyan wealth through its mercenaries.
To clarify, pledging to the status of the 2019 Ankara-Tripoli bilateral military agreement between the government of national accord that supports militias and turkey, turkey confirms its rejection to the removal of mercenaries in Libya.
Experts warn that the foreign intervention in Libya destroys UN peace efforts
Presidential spokesman of Recep Erdogan, Ibrahim Kalin assured the decision in an interview with state broadcaster TRT.
Furthermore, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Turkey prepares to send a new batch of Syrian mercenaries to Libya among the international community calls for the extraction of all fighters from the nation.
The thousands of Turkish troops stir debate about the success of the new government of national unity.
Seth J. Frantzman, executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis, said Turkey’s role in Libya has given it leverage over the outcome of the conflict and a potential political settlement.
“Turkey violated an arms embargo by shipping drones and weapons to Libya. The question now is whether Turkey’s involvement will cement a political solution or continue to frustrate it,” he told Arab News.
The Libyan cease-fire agreement issued on Oct. 23, 2020, by the 5+5 Joint Military Commission urges the mercenaries and foreign forces to Libya within three months.
However, Turkey asserts that its troops are responsible for the military training to the militias of the Government of National Accord, and has rejected calls for the commitment to the cease-fire agreement, despite the expiration of the deadline.
Also, It trained about 1,300 militia fighters in the west region of Libya.
“Ankara’s overall goal in the Middle East and North Africa is to partition countries into spheres of influence and then export weapons and mercenaries while dividing the spoils with Russia and largely ignoring local people,” Frantzman said.
“Libya appears to be on the cusp of more peace, with buy-ins from Egypt and other countries,” he added.
Turkish companies look to rebuild infrastructure in the war-torn country, which experts have said is a strong signal of Turkey’s expansion of the Ottoman Empire again to dominate Libya’s economy.
Frantzman said: “For Turkey to play a positive role in the stability, it needs to work with Egypt and other countries, rather than appear at odds with most of the region. Side-lining militias and extremists are key to that.”
In late January, the US called for an immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops from Libya. The warning came a month after a motion passed through the Turkish parliament authorizing an 18-month extension of troop deployment in Libya.
On Friday, French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian also reiterated the importance of the withdrawal of mercenaries and an end to political intervention in Libya.