Adieu, Turkey? Ankara Angers France Over Libya

  • Le Drian claims that France is interested in bringing the warring parties to the Libyan conflict to the negotiating table to discuss their future.
  • Turkey and Russia are on the opposite sides of the conflict.
  • The situation continues to escalate in Libya.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Turkey’s actions in Libya by the hands of militants transferred to the region threaten the European Union. Furthermore, France will not allow anyone to annex the Mediterranean Sea. The Head of the French Foreign Ministry said this in an interview with the French newspaper, La Croix.

Jean-Yves Le Drian is a French politician serving as Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs since 2017. He was nominated by Emmanuel Macron to serve as Foreign Minister in the First Philippe government on 17 May 2017.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949.

Le Drian claims that France is interested in bringing the warring parties to the Libyan conflict to the negotiating table to discuss their future. The French Foreign Minister noted that it is impossible to ignore external political players in the internal conflict, defending their own interests.

La Croix is a daily French general-interest Roman Catholic newspaper. It is published in Paris and distributed throughout France, with a circulation of 87,000 as of 2018

However, Le Drian did not mention Russia being one of the key players in Syria. Turkey and Russia are on opposite sides of the Libyan conflict. However, Turkey is not strong enough to go against Russia, if there was an escalation of the military conflict.

According to Le Drian, Turkey has deployed thousands of Syrian fighters to fight in territory that do not belong there in the first place. There are reports that Russia have been recruiting Syrian fighters to fight in Libya as well through Vangard, which is a Russian private mercenary company.

The Second Libyan Civil War is an ongoing conflict among rival factions seeking control of Libya. The conflict is mostly between the House of Representatives, which appointed Marshal Khalifa Haftar as commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army, and the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj.

Turkey poses danger to the whole European Union. It is an unacceptable strategic risk because this is happening 200 km from the Italian coast. “The European Union cannot remain immune to a situation that may one day lead to the annexation of the Mediterranean by external forces,” Le Drian said.

He stressed that France is not alone in criticizing the Turkish intervention in Libya, and is concerned about its consequences for the security of the region. Earlier, the Federal News Agency (FAN) reported that France intends to raise the issue of the situation in Libya in negotiations with NATO member countries, and discuss the trend of increasing Turkish aggression in the region.

Relations between Turkey and France, as members of the North Atlantic alliance, have become more complicated against the background of the Turkish intervention in Libya. Paris is seriously concerned about Ankara’s influence on the situation in North Africa.

Representatives of France note that, as a partner in NATO, Turkey should stop supporting terrorist groups in Libya. It is plausible to expect that if the conflict in Libya is not deescalated, France will table an ultimatum to NATO to have Turkey removed as a NATO member.

The situation in Libya has ramifications, not only for the European Union, but also on the global geopolitical arena.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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