“Swallowing the line of France according to which Paris fought against” terrorism “by supporting the strong man Haftar against the” Islamists “in Tripoli, some within the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and security apparatuses would begin to push back” to following his defeat in Libya, according to an article by international correspondent Borzou Daragahi.
Libya has been torn apart by civil war since the ouster of the late sovereign Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011. The country’s new government was founded in 2015 under a UN-led agreement, but efforts to find a political settlement long term failed due to a military offensive by Haftar. forces.
The story also cited a senior official familiar with French policy in Libya who spoke on condition of anonymity saying that French support for Haftar was provided for “anti-terrorism, a tactical choice for eliminate some [extremist] groups. ”
His tactical choice turned into a strategy based on the conviction that “the hard ones are the good protection against terrorism, which they never are,” said the official.
In addition, relying on the United Arab Emirates, France played “a vital role in the rise of warlord Khalifa Haftar by providing him with a layer of respectability as well as diplomatic coverage,” the statement said.
History has gone on to say that Paris is now isolated and did not take advantage of its political and diplomatic movements after the defeat of Haftar in western Libya.
Recalling remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron in which he described Turkey’s support for the Libyan government as a “dangerous game,” he said, “French officials now seem comical to their colleagues in London and Berlin when they are trying to defend their Libyan policy, all blaming the country’s problems on Turkey. ”
Meanwhile, “They have supported Haftar for so many years that they do not know how to back down. Instead of acknowledging mistakes, it’s easier to say that Turkey is the country behind all these problems, “said a risk management consultant specializing in Libya.
The UN recognizes the Libyan government led by Fayez al-Sarraj as the country’s legitimate authority as Tripoli fights Haftar’s militias.
The government launched Operation Peace Storm against Haftar in March to counter Haftar’s attacks on the capital, Tripoli, and recently liberated strategic locations, including Tarhuna, Haftar’s last stronghold in western Libya.
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