Security deal between Turkey, Libya does not include clause for Turkey to deploy troops there, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said after President Tayyip Erdogan noted Ankara could send troops at the request of Tripoli.
Two weeks ago, the Libyan government and Turkey signed an expanded security agreement, as well as a memorandum on maritime borders, Reuters reported.
Erdogan said this week Turkey could send troops to Libya if the Tripoli-based government of Fayez al-Serraj requested it. Such a move would not violate a United Nations arms embargo on Libya, he said, and Turkey would not "seek the permission of anyone."
Cavusoglu said that the agreement is mainly focused on training.
"The security deal does not include any clauses on sending troops. We had similar agreements in the past, this is just an updated accord. There is no deployment of troops," he told a news conference in Ankara. "However, our president has said that we can evaluate this if such a request comes our way."
Libya has been divided since 2014 into competing military and political camps in the capital of Tripoli and in the east. Turkey supported the Tripoli-based Serraj government, while forces led by Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya, the Libyan National Army, received support from the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
In June, the LNA said they had severed all ties with Turkey and that all Turkish commercial flights or vessels attempting to gain access to Libya would be considered hostile.