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, a government source discloses.
The source, who preferred not to be named, said Sarraj delivered a strong-worded protest to ambassador Hellen for her country’s link to the current attack on the capital.
The source added that France is fueling the fighting in western Libya by giving the green light to Haftar to attack and seize Tripoli in a bid to have the lion’s share in the country’s energy resources.
In an address to the nation on Saturday, Sarraj accused Haftar of betrayal by launching a sudden attack on Tripoli while efforts were being exerted to settle the conflict peacefully through the UN-backed National Conference.
He demanded the countries backing the warlord to stop it, saying all troops were put on high alert to repel the attackers.