French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday accused fellow NATO member Turkey of “legal accountability” over its involvement within the Libyan battle, in an escalating row with Ankara.
Turkey has elevated its army presence “and massively re-imported jihadist fighters from Syria” even after international powers agreed earlier this 12 months to finish their meddling and respect a UN arms embargo, Macron advised reporters.
“I believe it is a historic and legal accountability for somebody who claims to be a member of NATO,” Macron stated after holding talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Meseberg fort close to Berlin.
Turkey’s conduct in Libya is “unacceptable to us,” Macron stated, including that the second had come for Ankara to “urgently make clear” its stance.
Ankara helps Libya’s Turkish-backed Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA) within the battle in opposition to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar.
Oil-rich Libya was thrown into chaos after veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in a 2011 NATO-backed rebellion.
Rival administrations and militias have been vying for energy ever since, more and more drawing in international international locations and threatening the area’s stability.
Macron final Monday accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authorities of taking part in a “harmful sport” within the north African nation that might now not be tolerated.
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