US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, revealed that he had discussed with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, Turkey's actions in Libya and across the eastern Mediterranean, calling on European countries to work with Washington to convince Erdogan that such moves are not in the interest of his people.
Referring to Turkey's reliance on Syrian mercenaries, Pompeo said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro published on Tuesday, that he "discussed what Turkey is doing in Libya, where it has also introduced forces from third countries, and their actions in the eastern Mediterranean, and the list goes on."
Pompeo reiterated that his country's position is that "the internationalization of these conflicts is harmful to all concerned countries. Therefore, we called on all countries to stop their interference in Libya, whether Russia, Turkey or others."
Pompeo called for "Europe and the United States to work together to convince Erdogan that such actions are not in the interest of his people." He also pointed out that "the American administration and Europe need joint action to confront Turkey's actions in the Middle East."