PARIS (AP) – French President Emmanuel Macron lashed out on Monday at Turkey’s “criminal” responsibility in Libya.
During a visit to Germany, Macron strongly condemned Turkey’s actions in Libya as “unacceptable”.
He said Turkey “is not keeping any promises.” France sees Ankara as an obstacle to securing a ceasefire in the conflict-torn country.
Tensions between France and Turkey have escalated following an incident on June 10 between Turkish warships and a French naval vessel in the Mediterranean, which France says is a hostile act under NATO rules.
Turkey has denied harassing the French frigate.
France accused Turkey of repeated violations of the UN arms embargo and of Syrian fighters’ imports into Libya.
Macron also condemned the interference in Libya by Russian private military contractor Wagner.
Libya has been in turmoil since 2011 when a NATO-backed uprising toppled leader Moammar Gadhafi, who was later killed.
The country has since been split between rival administrations in the east and west, each supported by armed groups and various foreign governments.
Macron denied supporting the East-based forces led by Commander Khalifa Hifter, stressing that France is in favor of a “political solution”. The UN-backed government in the capital Tripoli is mainly supported by Turkey.
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