Turkish lawmakers approve military deal signed with Libya's UN-recognised government last month, a pact that could pave the way for Ankara's military help to GNA government that faces warlord Khalifa Haftar's illegal militia outside the capital.
Turkish lawmakers on Saturday ratified a deal on military and security cooperation with the UN-backed government in Libya.
Last Monday, the UN-recognised Libyan government or Government of National Accord [GNA] endorsed the agreement between Tripoli and Ankara which includes technical and logistical support to Tripoli as the GNA fights illegal militia loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar.
It also offers intelligence support to both sides.
GNA on Friday urged five "friendly countries" to implement military deals as it seeks to repel the forces of Haftar fighting to seize the capital Tripoli.
Mired in chaos since the NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi eight years ago, the North African country has become split between bitterly opposed administrations in the east and west – each backed by outside powers.
Tripoli-based GNA head Fayez al Sarraj sent letters to the leaders of the United States, Britain, Italy, Algeria, and Turkey, urging them to "activate security cooperation deals", his office said in a statement.
The aim is to help the GNA "face aggression against the Libyan capital... by any armed group operating outside the legitimacy of the state, to preserve social peace and achieve stability in Libya," he said.
On Saturday, PM Fayez al Sarraj told TRT World's Ali Mustafa that "we have the right for all legitimate means to defend ourselves."
The United Arab Emirates and Egypt have assisted Haftar while both Turkey and Qatar support the GNA.
Haftar's April push to seize Tripoli from "terrorists" backing the GNA made early gains but has stalled on the edges of the capital in a bloody stalemate.
According to the latest UN figures on Friday, the fighting has left at least 284 civilians dead and 363 wounded since the April 4 start of the armed conflict that has forced more than 140,000 Libyans to flee their homes.