France's Foreign Ministry denies providing Haftar's forces with Javelin missiles

France's Foreign Ministry denies providing Haftar's forces with Javelin missiles

July 29, 2019 - 20:57
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has denied that his country has made any deals to sell the Javelin missiles that were found in Gharyan to any Libyan local armed group.

In a letter to the Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Sayala on Monday, Le Drian said the missiles found in Gharyan are for the French Army which bought them from the US.

"Paris is fully respecting the UN arms embargo on Libya and keen on preserving Libyan sovereignty." Le Drian said in the letter.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj told French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday that the urge for a ceasefire should be made to the attacking forces as the "Government of National Accord" is doing its duties by defending itself and the civilian state in Libya, reminding Macron of the initiative he proposed last June to return to the political process that paves the way for elections.

The remarks were made after Macron had reiterated his rejection to the attack on Tripoli and the need for a ceasefire as well as a return to the UN-led political process.

Javelin missiles were found in Gharyan after Libyan Army forces under the command of the Presidential Council's government seized the city from Haftar's forces and US investigations proved the missiles were made in America and am sold to France.

The French Defense Ministry said the missiles were in Gharyan to protect the French troops in Libya - doing strategic and anti-terrorism work.

However, the French Parliament did not buy the justification of the Defense Ministry and formed last Thursday a committee to probe the "suspicious role" of France in Libya.