French President, Emmanuel Macaron conducted a telephone contact with Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, on Monday to deny his country’s link to the current war in southern Tripoli, after several reports indicated that France war behind warlord Khalifa Haftar’s war on Tripoli.
Macron signalled his rejection to the attack on Tripoli, demanding an immediate halt to the fighting.
According to the Media Office of Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj expressed his dismay by the attack, which came at a time the Libyans were looking forward to convening the National Conference that aims to settle the crisis peacefully.
"Haftar decides to send his troops to the capital to frustrate Libyan people’s optimism and throw the country back into the turmoil of war and bloodshed, with no goal but personal whims and a desire for power," Sarraj told Marcon.
France has been accused of being one of the main supporters to Haftar in his ongoing war on the capital. Libya Ahrar TV reported Monday that France had sent military experts to the mountain city of Gharyan where Haftar’s armed groups are positioned to command the war on Tripoli.
Earlier this week, Chairman of Presidential Council Fayez Sarraj summoned French ambassador in Libya Béatrice du Hellen Saturday to officially protest France’s support to warlord Khalifa Haftar’s armed groups in their attack on Tripoli.
President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani also accused France of intervening in Libya to serve its interests.