Erdogan sends first 35 soldiers to Libya

(ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL- Turkey has sent the first contingent of 35 soldiers to Libya to support the government of Fayez al-Sarraj.

The soldiers have a "coordination role" in support of Tripoli and "won't fight", nor will the soldiers sent subsequently, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan in a meeting with the leaders of his AKP party, cited by Turkish daily Hurriyet.

"By request of the Libyan Government of National Accord, our soldiers will train government forces," Erdogan said in the closed-door meeting in which various ministers participated, adding that the coordination activities "will be like in Syria".

On Wednesday, Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Istanbul to discuss, among other things, the crisis in Libya, where Moscow is de facto backing General Khalifa Haftar.

Erdogan has also denounced the presence on the ground of about 2,500 Russian mercenaries with the Wagner Group, which Moscow, however, has denied.

Source: ANSA News Agency