France denies Tripoli government's claim that it supports LNA

"Tripoli's claim of support and diplomatic cover for Haftar are completely unfounded," a French foreign ministry official said.
Friday 19/04/2019
A file photo shows French President Emmanuel Macron stands between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj (L) and General Khalifa Haftar in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, 2017. (Reuters)
A file photo shows French President Emmanuel Macron stands between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj (L) and General Khalifa Haftar in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, 2017. (Reuters)

PARIS - France on Thursday rejected Libya's "completely unfounded" accusation that it has been supporting the Libyan National army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have launched an assault on Tripoli.

The interior ministry of Libya's Tripoli-based government earlier Thursday accused France of actively supporting warlord Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA).

"Tripoli's claim of support and diplomatic cover for Haftar are completely unfounded," a French foreign ministry official said.

"France supports the legitimate government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the mediation of the UN towards an inclusive political solution in Libya," the French presidency said in a statement.

Libya's Interior Minister Fathi Bach Agha has ordered the "suspension of all relations between the ministry and the French side... due to the position of the French government in support of the criminal Haftar", the interior ministry in Tripoli said.

"These are disappointing statements," the French interior ministry source said.

On Tuesday, UN Security Council diplomats began negotiations on a British-drafted resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Libya and the creation of a humanitarian corridor from the battle zones near Tripoli.

But Russia, the United States and several African nations do not support the British approach.

(AFP)