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France “temporarily” withdraws from the NATO mission in Libya, under tension with Turkey

July 1, 2020

The French government has announced its “temporary” withdrawal from NATO’s “Sea Guardian” mission for Libya in the Mediterranean, amid its tensions with Turkey, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

Two weeks ago, France condemned an “extremely aggressive” intervention by Turkish ships against a French naval ship participating in a NATO mission in the Mediterranean, which the Turkish authorities rejected.

For example, he assured that one of his frigates was targeted for shooting the Turkish Navy when he attempted to intercept a ship that was said to be carrying weapons to the African country.

France “temporarily” withdraws from the NATO mission in Libya, under tension with TurkeyFrance “temporarily” withdraws from the NATO mission in Libya, under tension with Turkey

“This is a clear political gesture to highlight the ambiguity of an (arms) trade operation involving human traffickers,” sources in the French Army Department have said regarding the role of Turkey in sending arms to the country.