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Publish Date: 22:45 - 21 December 2019
TEHRAN, Dec 21_Turkey's parliament has approved a security and military cooperation deal signed with Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) last month, state media report, an agreement that could pave the way for military help from Ankara.

Turkey's parliament ratifies security accord with Libya: ReportTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_Turkey has been backing the Libyan government led by Fayez al-Serraj as it fights off a months-long offensive by Khalifa Haftar's forces based in the east of the country.

Ankara has already sent military supplies to Libya in violation of a United Nations arms embargo, according to a report by UN experts seen by Reuters last month.

The two sides signed the deal in November to boost military cooperation along with a separate accord on maritime boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean that has enraged Greece.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said on Saturday that Turkey's parliament voted 269-125 in favor of the security accord after Serraj's GNA ratified it on Thursday.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey could deploy troops to Libya in support of the GNA, but no request has yet been made.

Russia has said it was very concerned about the possibility of Turkey deploying troops in Libya and that the security deal raised many questions for Moscow.

Erdogan will discuss Ankara's potential troop deployment to Libya with Russian President Vladimir Putin during talks in Turkey next month, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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