ANKARA 

Turkish parliament on Tuesday ratified a motion to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in Lebanon for another year as part of the UN’s interim force.

The government motion was passed with a show of hands by lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and Good (IYI) Party.

The term of Turkish soldiers in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, also known as the UNIFIL, would be extended until Oct. 30, 2021.

The motion has been extended 13 times so far since it was first approved by parliament in September 2006.

The UNIFIL was established in 1978 when Israel withdrew from Lebanon. The peacekeeping force is intended to provide security and help the Lebanese government in rebuilding its authority.

Around 10,600 troops from 40 countries are part of the UNIFIL mission.

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