France Voices Concern Over Tense Situation In Libya

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On Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reiterated his rejection of foreign interference in Libya.

In a statement, Le Drian announced that he had informed the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, of his concern over the tense situation in Libya.

The French Foreign Minister pointed out that achieving security and stability in Libya was necessary for the security and stability of its neighbors.

The top French diplomat called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya in order to bring the two warring parties together to reach a political solution.

Notably, France has called for an EU meeting on 13 July to discuss Turkey’s actions in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean. It claimed that new sanctions on Ankara could be considered.

“Sanctions have already been placed on Turkey by the EU over Turkey’s drilling in the Cyprus economic zone. Other sanctions may be envisaged” Le Drian said.

France has also suspended its role in NATO’s ‘Sea Guardian’ Operation. This comes amid French allegations that Turkish ships targeted a French warship with radar flashes, a claim Ankara strongly denies.