Turkish MFA comments on France President Macron's remarks on Turkey

Turkish MFA comments on France President Macron
# 30 January 2020 10:49 (UTC +04:00)

"It is no secret that France has supported warlord Khalifa Haftar since 2011 to have the upper hand over the natural resources of Libya," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said late Wednesday over President Emmanuel Macron's remarks claiming that Turkey is breaching an agreement to halt foreign interference in the north African country, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.

"French President tried to set his own agenda by his false claims," the ministry said in the statement.

"The main responsibility lies with France in the crisis in Libya, which has been continuing since 2011," the statement added.

"France is one of the countries militarily supporting Haftar, which fights against the legitimate government in Libya. His attacks are the main threat to Libya's territorial integrity," the ministry said.

The Foreign Ministry also touched upon the fact that Macron hosted terrorists at the Elysee before, namely representatives of PKK terror group's Syrian wing, the YPG.

"France should first end its support to Haftar if it wants to contribute to peace process in Libya," the statement read, adding, "France, whose dark past in Africa is well-known, should undertake a contributing role instead of accusing Turkey."

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