French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, denied on Wednesday, any bias from his country in the Libyan conflict, stressing that Paris is in talks with "all parties," denouncing the "tricks of deception" practiced by some.
"I hear many things that France has chosen the camp of Field Marshal (Khalifa) Haftar," Le Drian said before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. It is important to clarify all this, he said, noting that "the Libyan National Army, led by Haftar, fought the Islamic State (ISIS) while it was controlling some areas in Libya, "according to statements reported by Agence France-Presse.
The Head of the French Diplomacy pointed out that Haftar tried after that in April 2019 to take over Tripoli, and went on to say: “We support the Libyan National Army, which was famous internationally for its fight against the Islamic State, we do not provide it with effective military support but rather advice and political support."
French President Emmanuel Macron and Le Drian egularly face criticism for giving international legitimacy to Haftar after receiving him in 2017 and 2018 in Paris alongside Fayez Al-Sarraj, who is recognized by the United Nations.
"I speak regularly to all parties," said Le Drian. We talk to each other, try to make things progress, but sometimes, there are deception and games ”that some practice."
The French minister affirmed that Paris, Rome and Berlin are on the same wavelength regarding the Libyan situation. He added: "The three of us speak the same language with each other and it is urgent to reach an agreement to stabilize the Sirte-Jufra front, verify the truce and start working on the ceasefire."