urkey has decided to send 20 troops to crisis-hit Central African Republic (CAR) after talks between the Foreign Ministry and the General Staff.
Sources who wished to remain anonymous told Today’s Zaman that, as per an action plan prepared by the General Staff and the Foreign Ministry, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will send a unit consisting of 20-25 troops to CAR. The troops will not take part in combat, the sources said, adding that they will play an administrative role. The ranks of the troops to be deployed will be decided in the coming days.
A delegation including Foreign Ministry Africa Director-General Hulusi Kılıç, officials from the Turkish Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) and the Prime Ministry’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) paid a visit to CAR on Feb. 24-25 to have talks with officials and assess the situation on the ground. After the delegation’s report, Turkey decided to send humanitarian aid to internal refugees in the violence-riven African nation’s displacement camps.