[Ed. – Although Turkey would be supporting the same government the U.S., NATO, and the UN do (the “Government of National Accord” in Tripoli), the possibility of Erdogan slinging troops around the Med has the region jittery. Russia is already arming the GNA’s rival, General Haftar (in eastern Libya), and has mercs deployed there. Putin’s using a base in western Egypt for support. The Libya thing (thank you, Barack and Hillary) is getting out of hand; it’s intolerable for the world, including the U.S, to have the Med cut in two by a missile gauntlet, whether Turkish or Russian, in the Strait of Sicily. The problem with missile-enabled vetoes isn’t that they get used; it’s that they change everything just by being established as a threat. This IS our problem.]
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent his firmest signal yet that Turkey will deploy troops to support Libya’s internationally recognized government, saying recent commitments between the countries should be seen as a “harbinger of steps” to follow.
Erdogan flew to Tunisia on Wednesday in a surprise visit that’s likely to include meetings with government officials from neighboring Libya. While he’s repeatedly discussed the possibility of sending troops to back Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj’s government against rebel commander Khalifa Haftar, he left no room for doubt at a news conference in Tunis.
“If there is an invitation, we would of course evaluate it,” Erdogan said in a televised press conference with Tunisia’s new president, Kais Saied.