The Address | Benghazi – Libya
PARIS – France hardened its tone on Sunday against Turkey, denouncing its “unacceptable ” interference in Libya and ensuring that “France cannot let it go”, the Eylsee said.
Paris, which for months has multiplied the charges against Turkish regional ambitions , has been irritated by an “increasingly aggressive and asserted policy of Turkey”.
Turkey has positioned seven of its ships off Libya and violated the arms embargo, the French presidency said.
”The Turks behave in an unacceptable manner by instrumentalizing NATO and France can not let go,” adds the Eylsee.
Emmanuel Macron has already met on this point with US President Donald Trump this week and “discussions will take place in the coming weeks on this subject with NATO partners engaged on the spot,” adds the French presidency.
Syrian militants as well as Turkish troops were deployed by Ankara to Tripoli in effort to aid the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), whose militias have been fighting the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, since April last year.
Ankara’s move was heavily criticized by regional and international powers who deemed it as an escalation of the conflict in Libya and a violation of the UN arms embargo.