By Dr. Rene Tebel
Turkey and Qatar will intensify military cooperation with Libya. This was announced by Deputy Defence Minister Salah al-Namrouch after a visit of the Defence Ministers of Turkey and Qatar in Tripoli on Monday.
According to the statement, the two states want to make the Libyan government troops more effective through military training and advice, as Turkish and Libyan media reflect the media office of the GNA.
Defenze.az compares this step with the process that Azerbaijan has gone through since the military agreement with Turkey in 1993. The Libyan army, according to Defenze.az, is "currently an informal amalgamation of militias, tribal soldiers and clansmen. The process by Turkey and Qatar would standardize training and recruitment and make it an official army," Defenze.az describes the significance of the agreement.
In addition, Turkey and Qatar will send consultants and military personnel to Libya.
With these measures, Ankara is consolidating its influence in Libya, giving legitimacy to the deployment of Turkish soldiers and transforming its commitment to Libya into a permanent presence.
Al Arabiya, a medium from the United Arab Emirates, claims to have learned from sources that there are also plans to naturalize Syrian, Somali and Tunisian mercenaries in Libya. Under Turkish aegis, they are to be integrated into the Libyan government troops at the Al-Watiya airbase and at the Tripoli International Airport with financial support from Qatar.
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