Erdogan says Turkey not yet sent troops to Libya, only advisers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) looks on as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) walks past prior a family picture during a Peace summit on Libya at the Chancellery in Berlin, on January 19, 2020. (AFP)
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Updated 20 January 2020

Erdogan says Turkey not yet sent troops to Libya, only advisers

  • Last week, Erdogan had said Turkey has begun sending troops to Tripoli
  • Said Ankara had only deployed military advisers and trainers so far

ANKARA: Turkey has not yet sent any troops into Libya, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited as saying on Monday, adding that Ankara had only deployed military advisers and trainers so far.
Last week, Erdogan had said Turkey has begun sending troops to Tripoli. He has also previously said Ankara would deploy troops.
Speaking to reporters on a flight back from a Libya summit in Berlin, Erdogan said Turkey’s efforts at the summit had set the groundwork for a cease-fire between the warring parties, according to broadcaster NTV. He added that Turkey’s presence in the North African country increased hopes for peace.


Iranians begin voting in parliamentary election

Updated 21 February 2020

Iranians begin voting in parliamentary election

  • Voting is scheduled to last for 10 hours
  • There are some 58 million Iranians eligible to vote for the country’s 290-seat parliament

DUBAI: Iranians began voting on Friday in a parliamentary election unlikely to change the Islamic Republic’s troubled relations with the United States, after thousands of candidates were barred from the field in favor of hard-liners.
State television reported that polling started at 0430 GMT. Voting is scheduled to last for 10 hours. There are some 58 million Iranians eligible to vote for the country’s 290-seat parliament.