Erdoğan says Turkey starting troop deployment to Libya: report

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(From L) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron, leave after a conference during a summit called to attempt to find a lasting political solution to the civil war in Syria which has claimed in excess of 350 000 lives, at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul, on October 27, 2018. - The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany are set to meet in Istanbul to try to find a lasting political solution to the Syrian civil war and salvage a fragile ceasefire in a rebel-held northern province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Turkey is beginning to send troops to Libya in support of the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Thursday, days before a summit in Berlin that will address the Libyan conflict, Reuters reported.

Speaking in Ankara, Erdoğan added that Turkey would continue to use all diplomatic and military means to ensure stability to its south, including in Libya.

Erdoğan is due to meet with the leaders of Germany, Russia, Britain and Italy on Sunday to discuss the conflict.

He also said Turkey would start granting licenses for exploration and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean in 2020, in accord with a maritime agreement with Libya.

He said Turkish ship the Oruç Reis would begin seismic studies in the region.

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