The World – Libya
Ihsanoglu made the remarks in response to criticism made by French President “Emmanuel Macron” on Monday, to Turkey, that “it bears a historical and criminal responsibility for what is happening in Libya.”
French President Emmanuel Macron launched new escalatory statements against Turkey’s role in Libya.
Macron said: “Ankara bears” historical and criminal responsibility “in the troubled Arab country, and accused it of bringing in” terrorist militants from Syria, “as he put it.
Macron accused Turkey of increasing its military presence in Libya.
He said: “We need at this stage an indispensable clarification of Turkish policy in Libya, which is unacceptable to us.”
Relations between Turkey and France, allies of NATO, are very tense over the Libyan file, especially after Macron’s recent statement that Ankara is “playing a dangerous game.”
Ankara, as well as Tripoli, accuses Paris of supporting retired Major General Khalifa Hifter, despite his fight against the (internationally recognized) government of Al-Wefaq, which Macron denies, considering that he seeks peace in accordance with internationally approved agreements.