Turkey will not send more advisers to coordinate Tripoli gov’t forces: report

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Turkey does not plan to send more military advisers to Libya while a ceasefire is being observed, Russia’s RIA news agency cited Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying on Thursday, according to Reuters.

A Libya peace conference will take place in Berlin at the start of February, but Germany has not yet named a date for the event, the minister was quoted as saying.

Ankara has been supporting the UN-recognized Tripoli government and its Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj against the forces of Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently said Turkey had sent military officers to Libya as advisers to the ground forces of the Tripoli government.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Çavuşoğlu meanwhile called for the enlargement of NATO and the addition of Georgia to the organization.

“I don’t understand why we have not invited Georgia or we haven’t activated the action plan for Georgia to become a member,” Çavuşoğlu said during a panel discussion.

“We are criticized for having relatively better relations with Russia as a neighbor, but our Western friends are not agreeing to invite Georgia because they don’t want to provoke Russia. But Georgia needs us, and we need an ally like Georgia. So we need enlargement, and Georgia should be made a member,” he said.

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