The Turkish Parliament has approved a government-sponsored motion to extend the presence of the Turkish Naval Forces in the Gulf of Aden, located in the Arabian Sea, as well as the coastal waters off Somalia for one year.

The motion, first approved in 2009, extends for another year the Turkish Naval Forces’ mandate to participate in NATO’s international anti-piracy mission called Operation Ocean Shield, which aims to prevent pirates from hijacking foreign ships in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast where commercial vessels are often over taken by pirates. The motion will expire on Feb. 10, 2016.

While the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) extended their support for the motion, the lawmakers leveled criticism against the government for what they called a “misguided” foreign policy. […]