Why is there war in Libya? Matteo Salvini, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, last year accused France of supporting Haftar and showing "no interest in stabilising the situation". Calling Khalifa Haftar a ‘war criminal’, Defence Minister Salah Al-Namroush says the warlord continues to violate the ceasefire with the help of foreign mercenaries. A picture is worth a thousand words. According to French newspaper Le Monde, France has gone out of its way to ensure the warlord is fully armed, even deploying French special forces for the training of his militias. Haftar fought against terrorism in Benghazi and in southern Libya and that was in our interest, and that of the Sahel countries and Libya’s neighbors. The Defense Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Salah Al-Namroush, said it was a “shame” that France had supported Khalifa Haftar for years and expressed hope that it would change its position. It is with some irony that the French Ambassador to Libya expressed “being deeply shocked” to discover Haftar’s cohorts were marching on Tripoli in … © 2020 Copyright France 24 - All rights reserved. He described Italy as … France’s support for Libya’s Haftar is finally coming home to roost. Sarraj unveils 'initiative' to end Libyan 'crisis'. The tide is turning in favour of the coalition in power in Tripoli. "We say to the United Nations and the Security Council: listen. France denies supporting Haftar, saying it has contact with all the actors in war-ravaged Libya where a complex mosaic of militias and political factions are competing for advantage. #Libya pic.twitter.com/MneJ5EfAld, >> Read more: 'How the West's silence emboldened Libya's Haftar'. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, of the anti-immigrant League party, accused France of cooperating with Haftar. Warning Haftar against further attacks, Al Namroush said the GNA's patience was wearing thin and it is on the brink of pulling out of the 5+5 military commission, which was set up by the UN to monitor the ceasefire deal. The shelling came a day after seven people were killed when Grad rockets hit a densely populated district of Tripoli, which the LNA has been trying to take, deepening the chaos that has plagued the oil-producing nation since 2011. France is under growing pressure to condemn Haftar's advance on the capital Tripoli -- rather than blame all sides of the conflict, like in the G7 Foreign Ministers statement issued last week. April 14, 2019 - 16:50. Salah al Namroush, the defence minister of the UN-backed government of GNA in Libya on Friday reproached France for throwing its weight behind warlord Khalifa Haftar. This site uses cookies. The GNA on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Haftar for allegedly ordering deadly air strikes against civilian areas. Speaking to France 24, Al Namroush described French support to Haftar as a “shameful act", saying the warlord is a ‘war criminal’ who has no place … France has come to realize that warlord Khalifa Haftar in Libya is a “liability,” according to the Financial Times on Monday. Paris does not want to isolate itself from the man helping it to gain influence in Libya. Speaking to France 24, Al Namroush described French support to Haftar as a “shameful act", saying the warlord is a ‘war criminal’ who has no place in Libya's future, which includes the process of political resolution. Contradicting the UN's position on the Libyan conflict, which was to assist Sarraj's government and involve other rival forces for a peaceful transition of power, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian previously expressed support for the Egyptian air strikes against the GNA. While the Italians are focusing their efforts on the GNA and confining their relations with Haftar to mere protocol visits, France seems to have a far closer and … The content you requested does not exist or is not available anymore. Libya’s eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar has told France’s president he will sign a ceasefire and stick to it if militias backed by the internationally recognized government respect it, Reuters reported, citing a French presidency official. LONDON . With Libya on the brink of another civil war, foreign powers are already jostling for the spoils ... France . Rockets are coming down on us. France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. Subscribe to our Youtube channel for all latest in-depth, on the ground reporting from around the world. In July 2019, a Pentagon investigation concluded that Paris had supplied American-made anti-tank missiles to Haftar's forces. Strong evidence exists, however, of its active involvement in the Libyan conflict - it dates back as far as 2015. In Libya, Marshal Haftar Is Suffering Setbacks, France Too. Haftar’s Benghazi-based LNA has become bogged down in the southern suburbs of the capital. GNA Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj in April accused the Macron administration of backing a "dictator.". Should Turkey stop importing them? Al Namroush indicated that the GNA was ready to engage in talks to forge a political solution, only on the condition, however, that warlord Haftar is sidelined once and for all. France has thus far feigned ignorance over supplying weapons and offering logistical support to Haftar's forces. France 24 - International breaking news, top stories and headlines. Al-Namroush spoke to France 24 and described in an interview Haftar as a ‘war criminal’, … I support everything that strengthens the security of French people and the countries that are friends of France. "As we have already stated on several occasions: France supports the legitimate government of Prime Minister (Fayez al-)Sarraj and the mediation of the UN for an inclusive political solution in Libya," a French presidential official said. Issued on: 18/04/2019 - 19:55Modified: 19/04/2019 - 08:04. Its troops have won back control of several cities from the forces of Field Marshal Haftar, albeit with Turkish support but also with that of a population apparently hostile to the idea of a military … For one, it has violated the UN arms embargo on several occasions. And France has refrained from criticizing the UAE for violating international law by delivering weapons to Haftar and operating an air base in eastern Libya. The French newspaper Le Monde quoted a French source as saying on Saturday, that Paris is seeking a return to stability and order in Libya by enabling Haftar to take over the country. France has come to realize that warlord Khalifa Haftar in Libya is a “liability,” according to the Financial Times on Monday. But it is, in fact, Haftar, who is attacking the same government, to whom the favours of France go. "Furthermore, the president's legitimate interlocutor is Prime Minister Sarraj, with whom the president spoke on Monday to reaffirm this support.". Mortars crashed down on Al-Suani on Thursday, almost hitting a clinic and adding to people's suffering after two weeks of an offensive by Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). Libya asks France to explain how its arms reached Haftar forces. In Libya, Marshal Haftar Is Suffering Setbacks, France Too. From Morocco to Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, and beyond, a wide area of French influence is tentatively emerging in Africa and the Middle East. France under pressure to condemn Haftar's assault on Tripoli as EU seeks unity on Libya crisis. Salah al Namroush, the defence minister of the UN-backed government of GNA in Libya on Friday reproached France for throwing its weight behind warlord Khalifa Haftar. Because "the defeated has no ally," France abandoned Haftar, as did Sudan and Greece, as Italy did before them. Haftar has ignored international calls for a halt to his advance on Tripoli, launched while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Tripoli on April 4 in a bid to jumpstart a peace process between rival Libyan camps. France, which has oil assets in eastern Libya, has provided military assistance in past years to Haftar in his eastern stronghold, Libyan and French officials say.. "It is shame on the government of France and [President Emmanuel] Macron to receive one like Haftar for years," Namroush said in an interview with France 24 television. On the other side, Haftar made no secret of the ties with France nor about the modern weaponry he had received from Paris despite a U.N. arms embargo on Libya. Esam Omran Al-Fetori, Reuters | Khalifa Haftar’s forces pose for a picture as they head out of Benghazi to reinforce the troops advancing to Tripoli, in Benghazi, Libya, April 7, 2019. Khalifa Haftar a notamment été soigné en France en avril 2018. (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, DECEMBER 10 - Ahmed al-Mismari, spokesman for the National Libyan Army led by General Khalifa Haftar, said on Sky News Arabia on Wednesday, "we are in war with Turkey" and "we have declared a ceasefire" only "in respect of efforts by the international community and the desire of the Libyans to put an end … France had backed Haftar, putting Paris at odds with its EU partners. The interior ministry of Libya’s internationally recognised government onThursday accused France directly for the first time of … Audience ratings certified by ACPM/OJD. drones are no longer fictional, but a dangerous fact, The traumatic and arbitrary nature of Israeli raids on Palestinian homes, UK MPs seek sanctions on Saudis, but human rights accountability distant. Will Iraq and Turkey develop a security cooperation against the PKK? The LNA has denied shelling residential areas. 18 Apr 2019 ; Forces loyal to GNA gesture after taking control of the area of Al Aziziyah, located some 40 km south of Tripoli. Show people, places and other topics in this story. The fighting has killed 205 people, including 18 civilians, and wounded 913 since the start of the campaign, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. Khalifa Haftar خليفة حفتر Haftar in 2011 Birth nameKhalifa Belqasim Haftar Born1943 Ajdabiya, Italian Libya Allegiance Kingdom of Libya Libyan Arab Republic Libyan Arab Jamahiriya National Front for the Salvation of Libya State of Libya Service/branchLibyan National Army Years of service1966–1987; 2011–present Rank Field Marshal Commands heldLibyan National Army Battles/wars Yom Kippur War C… "Any dealings with the French side in bilateral security agreements" will halt, the interior ministry in Tripoli said in a statement. Ahmed Jadallahi, REUTERS | Protesters demand an end to the Khalifa Haftar's offensive on the Tripoli, in Martyrs Square, Tripoli, Libya April 12, 2019. Reteriating the GNA’s commitment to the 5+5 military  agreement, Al Namroush said Haftar continues to wage war with the help of foreign mercenaries as he recently attacked several provinces in the southern part of the country. But as the tide started turning in recent weeks, France tried to coax the mercurial and overreaching Haftar to engage in the cease-fire talks set out at a Berlin peace conference in January, before he lost all his military gains. LONDON. Within this regional framework, a Libya ruled by Haftar, or someone with a similar ideology, appears to be a logical, almost self-evident objective to pursue. - 'A big shock' - France has long had contact with Haftar, who was invited to Paris alongside Sarraj in 2017, in what was seen as an … The head of the Libyan National Army (ANL) was again received by Emmanuel Macron on 9 March — for the fourth time in three years. GNA’s military prosecutor issues arrest warrant against renegade General Khalifa Haftar and 6 other LNA officials following the bombing of residential areas in tripoli with heavy artillery https://t.co/LsiJaMIT3d. Libyan Defense Minister Salah Eddine Namroush has described France's support to eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar as "shame". “There is a Libyan crisis … Written by: SafaAlharathy. The UN-recognised government seeks urgent answers after Paris conceded its missiles were found with pro- Haftar forces. On the diplomatic front, France backs the UN-sponsored peace process between Libya’s main competing leaders, including the GNA’s Tripoli-based Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Haftar. pic.twitter.com/94zXHzsQq1. ... Read: 'France is complicit in Libya's mass graves crime,' says Turkish official. These links go back to 2011, but which Paris was not forcedto acknowledge until the summer of 2016, when three French NCOs of the DGSE on “commanded service” died in a heli… A spokesman for the GNA said it was seeking an international arrest warrant against Haftar for "war crimes" and two UN experts were expected in Tripoli later on Thursday to investigate the origin of rocket fire that killed six people the previous day. France supporting Haftar: Libya 18 Apr 2019 Forces loyal to GNA gesture after taking control of the area of Al Aziziyah, located some … Libya's internationally recognised government accused France Thursday of supporting rebel commander Khalifa Haftar and said it would halt cooperation with Paris. France has come to realize that warlord Khalifa Haftar in Libya is a "liability," according to the Financial Times on Monday. Salvini went on with his critique and declared that its European neighbour was going against NATO's position on Libya because its oil interests were opposed to those of Italy. With the support of mercenaries, Haftar attacked the south of Libya at a time when the Tripoli government respected the ceasefire agreement, he added. France has come to realize that warlord Khalifa Haftar in Libya is a “passive,” according to the Financial Times on Monday.. France was the only European country to support Haftar against the internationally recognized government of Tripoli, which has recently been reinforced by Turkish support that … Much to the shock and embarrassment of the Macron administration, Paris's position on Libya was revealed in 2016 when three undercover French soldiers died in a helicopter crash in Benghazi. France was the only European country to back Haftar against the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli, which has recently been boosted by Turkey's support that has changed the course of the … Each missile is worth $170,000 and the US only sells it to "close allies," such as France. Haftar has ignored international calls for a halt to his advance on Tripoli, launched while UN Secretary-General. France wants Haftar to rule Libya. France was the only European country to back Haftar against the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli, which has recently been boosted by Turkey’s support that has changed … For this reason, please find a solution for us," said Youssef Salem, a displaced man from al-Suani. Which way is the Libyan civil war headed? France has always denied arming Gen Haftar's forces, but has offered diplomatic support. The French government has acknowledged providing intelligence to Haftar, whom it considers an important ally in the fight against terrorism. EPA. He also brushed aside France’s criticism of Turkey’s role in Libya, arguing that the strategic partnership between the GNA and Ankara was "clear and public", while the arrangements between Haftar and his foreign backers are made in secret. FRANCE 24 spoke to Salah el Din Al-Namroush, the Defence Minister of Libya's government of national accord, which is recognised by the United Nations. Deby is a key ally of France’s anti-Islamist Operation Barkhane in … Toll for armed conflict in #Tripoli is 205 dead and 913 wounded. Plastics aren’t going anywhere. He reportedly convinced President Emmanual Macron that Libya was a "low-hanging fruit" and Haftar was the man to place all the bets on. Le Drian is known to be the architect of France’s Libya policy. #GNA's Minister of Interior Bashagha demands that the head of the international relations & cooperation committee cease all its bilateral activities and agreements with #France (including in security cooperation) due to #Paris' relentless backing of #Haftar. Along the way, Paris ended up antagonising its NATO partner, Italy. was visiting Tripoli on April 4 in a bid to jumpstart a peace process between rival Libyan camps. Al Namroush said Haftar should be sent to jail for committing 'war crimes' and that his involvement in mass slaughter had become evident after the discovery of mass graves in Tarhouna, a province that was controlled by one of the militias loyal to Haftar. “The support France has provided to the putschist and pirate Haftar… has exacerbated the crisis in Libya,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, according to Reuters. Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning, Take international news everywhere with you! The shelling came a day after seven people were killed when Grad rockets hit a densely populated district of Tripoli, which the LNA has been trying to take, deepening the chaos that has plagued the.