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Plot Thickens in Libya as France, Turkey Trade Barbs (AUDIO INTERVIEW)
This photo, taken from the Twitter account of Libya Febrayer TV, a pro-government broadcaster, is said to show “Russian mercenaries from Wagner Group” last September in Libya. (Twitter)

Plot Thickens in Libya as France, Turkey Trade Barbs (AUDIO INTERVIEW)

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that his country “will not tolerate” Turkey’s ongoing military intervention in Libya, setting up a possible confrontation between the two NATO members.

“I have already had the opportunity to say very clearly to [Turkish] President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan: I consider that Turkey is playing a dangerous game … and going against all of its commitments,” the French leader said.

Ankara earlier this year sent troops to Libya in support of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), which is based in Tripoli. Macron’s statements appear to be the clearest evidence yet that France, along with Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, backs strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army controls much of eastern and southern Libya but has recently suffered major setbacks in its year-plus-long campaign to retake the capital.

The comments come just days after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi upped Cairo’s military preparedness and threatened a possible “direct” response if pro-GNA forces advance on the strategic city of Sirte.

The Media Line spoke about the growing tensions with Claudia Gazzini, a consulting analyst for Libya at the International Crisis Group.

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