French President Emmanuel Macron lashed out on Monday against Turkey’s “criminal” actions in Libya. During a visit to Germany, Mr Macron strongly condemned Turkey’s presence in Libya as “unacceptable”.
He said Turkey “doesn’t respect any of its commitments” and that Ankara was an obstacle to securing a ceasefire in the country.
Tension between France and Turkey escalated after an incident on June 10 between Turkish warships and a French naval vessel in the Mediterranean. France considered it a hostile act under Nato’s rules of engagement.
Turkey has denied harassing the French frigate. France accused Turkey of repeated breaches of the UN arms embargo and of importing Syrian fighters to Libya. Mr Macron also condemned interference in Libya from Russian private military contractor Wagner.
Libya has been in turmoil since 2011 after an uprising that toppled an killed leader Muammar Qaddafi. The country has since been split between rival administrations in the east and the west, each backed by armed groups.
Mr Macron denied backing the east-based forces led by commander Khalifa Haftar, stressing that France was in favour of a “political solution”. Turkey backs the government in the capital, Tripoli.