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Italy and France over Libya

With the escalation of the military situation in Libya has also highlighted the role of France in the North African country in the focus of interest. It will be there "no military victory. The solution can only be political," said France's foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian at the conclusion of the G-7 foreign Ministers meeting at the weekend in Brittany, and was thus clearly in line with his colleagues, the call for an end to the fighting. But the common line is not on closer inspection.

Because Le Drian has already built up since his time as defense Minister under former President François Hollande, a close and trusting relationship to General Khalifa Haftar. This had been given in the past week, his troops the order to advance on Tripoli, where the international recognized government of Prime Minister Fayez al-sitting Sarraj. The 75-year-old field Marshal wants to take the East of the oil-rich country is also the capital and under his leadership, unite. Observers fear a new civil war.

"Strong leader"

It was mainly due to France, that the General could not establish itself as an influential player in Libya, writes the daily newspaper "Le Monde". That the troops Haftars got a secret granted by the service support, as well as military aid by the French special forces, was, therefore, Le Drians merit. President Emmanuel Macron should put on a "strong leader" to ensure stability in the Region and such in Haftar have seen. Libya's Premier Fayez al-Sarraj had according to media reports, that's why the French government a note of protest. Officially, Paris has a active support Haftars. President Macron said at the weekend that he had exchanged views with UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, on the phone, and "the importance of a political solution in the face of the current crisis," emphasized. There is no hidden Agenda, quoted "Le Figaro" on Monday from the French diplomatic circles.

France has multiple clear interest in Libya, the sinks since the fall of the dictator, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, in the Chaos. So Macron Haftar and his adversary al invited-Sarraj last year to a summit in Paris.

This infuriated the Italians, who want to establish themselves in Libya as a mediator. The social democratic predecessor government in Rome is supposed to have about the inroads that Macrons in Libya, annoyed. The new Powerful, Matteo Salvini of the Lega and Luigi Di Maio of the Cinque point, stylize the French President, now also the public image of the enemy. Held in November, the former colonial power in Palermo, a Libya summit.

At line

in addition to political influence is mainly on the Libyan Oil and gas sector. The Italian energy group Eni held for a long time had a monopoly, now, the French rival takes him totally, more and more market share.

Libya is also an important transit country for refugees who want to reach Europe. Of the Libyan Mediterranean coast, boats with Refugees. It is, therefore, especially the Italian government, and France is suspected, and to encourage General Haftar's military proposal or to have helped him.

On the weekend at the G-7 Meeting in Brittany, France, and Italy have demonstrated to the outside of Unity. We are on the same line, - said Le Drian.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 09.04.2019, 18:37 PM

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