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Turkey: France’s presence in Libya unlawful

The presence of France in Libya providing support for an illegal actor that is waging war on the United Nations-recognized official Libyan government is unlawful, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop said Wednesday.

Şentop added that t Turkey was the only country present in Libya in accordance with international law.

Şentop told reporters that some countries are conducting operations in Libya and cannot declare these operations since they are ashamed, such as France, and are present illegally in Libya because their support goes to a terrorist group that has revolted against the U.N.-backed Government of National Accoed (GNA).

He added that Turkey is the only country legitimately present in Libya in accordance with international law and that it had been invited by the internationally recognized GNA under legitimate agreements.

“Questioning Turkey’s presence in Libya in terms of international law is not for those engaging in illegal activities.” Şentop explained.

He reiterated that France is the last country that can speak about human rights, justice and law, adding that the history of the past two centuries shows France cannot erase its disgrace.

Ankara has frequently said that French support has encouraged warlord Khalifa Haftar to insist on military means and further added to the pain and grievances of war-weary Libyans.

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