December 22, 2019 / 12:46 PM / a month ago

Turkey says it will stand by Libyan government until peace established

FILE PHOTO: Libya’s internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj is seen during an interview with Reuters at his office in Tripoli, Libya June 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ulf Laessing/File Photo

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will stand by the internationally recognised government of Libya until peace, stability and security is established in the country, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Sunday, after the two countries signed a military cooperation accord last month.

Turkey backs the government of Fayez al-Serraj in Libya, which has been split into rival political and military factions since 2011. Ankara has said it could send troops to Libya if the Serraj government makes such a request. The two countries also signed a maritime boundaries deal that has enraged Greece.

Akar was speaking at an event in the northern province of Kocaeli.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Catherine Evans

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