Turkey extends troop deployment in Somalia’s waters

Turkey’s parliament has extended the deployment of the Turkish Naval Force in the Gulf of Aden, Somalian territorial waters and the Arabian Sea to halt piracy for another year.

A memorandum by submitted Turkish presidency to Parliament to extend the mission of the Turkish Navy in the Gulf of Aden, the Arabian Sea and the territorial waters of Somalia for an additional year, starting February 10, 2021.

The Gulf of Aden — near Yemen and close to the world’s fourth-biggest chokepoint for oil transit, the Bab el-Mandab Strait — is a strategic energy route for Middle Eastern crude oil.

The Arabian Sea and the Horn of Africa country of Somalia are adjacent to the gulf and the strait.

Turkey has deployed troops in a frigate in the area since 2009.

Turkey has also contributed financially to a trust fund established by “the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).” It has been a member of the group in 2013.

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