The Turkish government is sending to parliament on Dec. 30 a motion authorizing the deployment of troops to Libya, according to Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
Çavuşoğlu, after meeting with Turkish opposition leaders to seek support for the legislation, told reporters the motion would be submitted to parliament later on Dec. 30.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Dec. 27 reiterated Turkey's "determination" to realize the Kanal Istanbul project and slammed the main opposition Republican People's Party's (CHP) criticisms.
"They are trying to end the project before it begins, with some claims that have no scientific, logical or reasonable explanation," Erdoğan said.
Turkey on Dec. 27 commemorated the centenary of the arrival of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, in the capital Ankara.
The commemoration events started at Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Atatürk, with the attendance of top officials. Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin laid a wreath on Atatürk's tomb.