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Macron dismisses Italian criticism over Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

CAIRO – French President Emmanuel Macron has refused to comment on criticism by Italian officials of his country’s policy in war-torn Libya.

“I will not respond. That’s what they want (for me to respond)… all of that is of interest,” Macron said when he was asked about recent Italian criticism of the French policy in Libya.

The French leader was speaking on Sunday on the sideline of a two-day visit to Egypt.

Last week, Italy’s Deputy Premier Luigi di Maio accused France of colonizing and impoverishing countries in Africa by linking the migrant crisis with the poverty created by France’s colonialism.

In response, the French Foreign Ministry summoned the Italian ambassador in a tit-for-tat move to blast the “hostile remarks.”

Macron is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo on Monday during which they are expected to discuss the Libyan issue.

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