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France accuses Turkey of “not respecting his words” about Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “not respecting his words” regarding ending foreign interference in the Libyan crisis, especially not sending Turkish ships carrying mercenaries to Libya.

“In recent days, we have seen Turkish ships carrying Syrian mercenaries arriving on Libyan territory,” he said, after seeing Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, saying that “it is inconsistent with what President Erdogan committed to do during the Berlin conference, it is a lack of respect for his words.”

“This affects the security of all Europeans and the peoples of the Sahel states,” he said in comments to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who received him at lunch.

He also affirmed that he supports with his European partners Greece and Cyprus “by condemning Turkey’s interference and provocations.”

He also said that he “condemns in the strongest terms the recent agreement concluded” between the Libyan National Accord government and Turkey on sending Turkish forces to Libya.

Macron announced the establishment of a strategic partnership between France and Greece, whose features will be revealed in the coming weeks, with an increase in the naval presence of the French forces to “ensure the security of a strategic region for Europe.”

On the 19th of this year, Macron asked during the summit on Libya in Berlin to “stop” sending Syrian pro-Turkish fighters to Libya in support of the Libyan government recognized by the United Nations.

Ankara accuses of sending hundreds of Syrian fighters to Libya in support of the head of the National Accord government, Fayez al-Sarraj, who is facing difficulties in repelling an attack by her opponent, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who controls three quarters of Libyan territory.

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