Turkey signs military cooperation deal with Libya’s Tripoli-based gov’t

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Turkey signed a military deal late Wednesday with Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) following a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul, his office said, according to AFP.

Erdoğan met with the head of the GNA, Prime Minister Fayed Al-Sarraj, to sign agreements on security and military cooperation as well as maritime jurisdiction.

“We are confident that we will improve the security situation for the Libyan people together,” Fahrettin Altun, communications director at the Turkish presidency, wrote on Twitter.

He called on other countries to support the GNA.

“Stability of Libya is critically important for the safety of Libyans, regional stability, and prevention of international terrorism,” Altun tweeted.

Libya has been mired in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gadhafi in 2011.

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