Ankara accuses Paris of politically supporting the Libyan Khalifa Haftar against the Tripoli-based government recognized by the United Nations, having previously provided him with military assistance to fight Islamist militants. Paris denies this.
“In Libya, they (France) supported the putschist Haftar and made a serious mistake,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, “Things have changed, the balances have changed, Haftar has been defeated and Macron has gone hysterical. ”
Turkey and France also came close to grappling in June after a French warship attempted to inspect a Turkish vessel under a UN arms embargo against Libya.
Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Cavusoglu also said Turkey thwarted French hopes for Haftar to capture the Libyan capital by providing military support to the Government of National Accord (GNA), repelling Haftar’s assault. in June.
“With this hysteria, he didn’t know what to do. Right after that he said our ships had harassed their ships in the eastern Mediterranean but could not document it and was humiliated. ”
There was no immediate comment from Macron’s office at the Elysee Palace or from the French Foreign Ministry on Cavusoglu’s remarks.
France has supported Greece in the eastern Mediterranean, joining military exercises with Italy, Greece and Cyprus amid conflicting Greco-Turkish claims on the continental shelves in areas of oil and gas exploration natural.
Cavusoglu said France was the country that most provoked Greece in the eastern Mediterranean and urged Paris to cooperate with Turkey to achieve regional stability.
“There is no need for such hysterical behavior on the part of France, it makes them laughable. We are two NATO member countries. ”