Macron Slams Turkey Over Libya


On Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkey of bearing “criminal responsibility” over its increasing interference in the Libyan conflict.

He added that this threatens the security of countries like Egypt, Tunisia, as well as the regional stability of Africa and Europe.

During talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Macron said that Ankara has increased its military presence and brought in extremist fighters from Syria.

Turkey’s conduct in Libya is “unacceptable to us”, Macron said, adding that the moment had come for Ankara to “urgently clarify” its stance.

Ankara supports Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in its fight against the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Macron accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government of playing a “dangerous game” in the North African country.

Tensions have risen over the last year between Macron and Erdoğan.

The French President recently said that NATO’s lack of response to a unilateral Turkish operation in northern Syria showed the alliance was undergoing “brain death”.