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Turkey intends to establish two military bases in Libya, media reported

Turkey is preparing for the establishment of two permanent military bases in Libya, the newspaper Yeni Safak, citing military sources.

It is noted that the national consensus Government of Libya is considering granting Turkey the base of the al-Vatiya where Ankara plans to deploy air defense systems and combat drones. Second base can be created in the port of Misrata, which will be deployed ships of the Turkish Navy.

According to the newspaper, Turkey can become a co-owner companies in oil production from offshore fields in the exclusive economic zone Libya, and the presence of Turkish warships necessary to ensure the safety of drilling operations. In addition, Turkey sees merit in the presence of its Navy in the region due to the deterioration of relations with Greece.

After the overthrow and murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has virtually ceased to function as a unified state. Now the country is in a diarchy. To the East sits a Parliament elected by people, and in the West, in the capital Tripoli, the rules generated with the support of the UN and the European Union, the Government of national consent headed by Fitom Barragem. The authorities of the Eastern part of the country operate independently from Tripoli to cooperate with the Libyan national army, led by Marshal Khalifa the Haftarot, which is April 2019 not stop trying to seize Tripoli.