Erdogan seeks extension of Turkish troops’ mandate in Libya

Nov 24, 2023 | International actors

On 24 November, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan submitted a request to the Turkish parliament to extend the mandate of Turkish troops in Libya for another two years starting from 2 January 2024. Erdogan stated in the letter that the continuation of the ceasefire and political dialogue in Libya, and the establishment of peace and stability as a result of this process, are of great importance to Turkey.

He noted that the risks and threats emanating from Libya remain relevant for Turkey and the entire region, stressing that should there be renewed attacks on the legitimate government (the Government of National Unity), Turkey’s interests in both the Mediterranean and North Africa would be affected. He added that preventing the resumption of fighting is also important to ensure the conclusion of military and political negotiations conducted under the auspices of the UN.

On 26 November, the Libyan National Forces Initiative condemned the Turkish president’s intention to extend the mandate for Turkish troops. They demanded the withdrawal of all foreign troops and mercenaries from Libya.

On 28 November, the Turkish Ministry of Defense said that its forces conducted a naval exercise and training from the deck of the frigate TCG GÖKOVA off the coast of the western region of Libya.