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Turkish-Libyan security, maritime deals spike tensions

Agreements between Turkey and Libya sparked anger among stakeholders in the Libyan civil war and in maritime drilling in the Mediterranean Sea.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MAY 24 :  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) meets with the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj (L) during a bilateral meeting, held within the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey on May 24, 2016. (Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Turkey's recent maritime and security agreements with Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) are creating waves in the eastern Mediterranean and beyond.

Turkey's legislature appeared ready this week to approve a military cooperation agreement to support the GNA against the Libyan National Army led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter and supported by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, France and Russia. Turkey had already created ripples of discord after its parliament ratified Dec. 5 a maritime memorandum of understanding concluded last month between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and GNA prime minister.

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