France, Macron in spotlight over ‘high-stakes’ Libya policy

  • News Digest

Apr 25, 2019-

PARIS: Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the internationally-recognised government in Tripoli, angrily denounced France on Wednesday for supporting rival Khalifa Haftar, underlining the growing diplomatic tensions over the recent fighting there. Speaking to French daily Liberation, Sarraj denounced Paris for backing a “dictator,” in his harshest criticism yet of French diplomacy. France has long been suspected of backing to Haftar, a former army field marshal based in eastern Libya, who heads the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) and has gradually expanded his territory. On April 4, Haftar launched a drive towards Tripoli where Sarraj’s UN-recognised government is based, triggering fighting that has claimed 264 lives and left more than 1,200 wounded. “We are surprised that France does not support our government that is democratic, but supports a dictator,” Sarraj told Liberation.

Published: 25-04-2019 10:45

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