Libya demands France to pull troops out and give explanations over Javelin missiles

Libya demands France to pull troops out and give explanations over Javelin missiles

July 11, 2019 - 21:49
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Written By: NewsDesk

Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Sayala has requested his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian to urgently explain how the US Javelin missiles sold to France ended up in the hands of warlord Khalifa Haftar in Gharyan.

Sayala’s demand was preceded by a request from Presidential Council (PC) member, Mohammad Amari Zayed to France to withdraw its troops from Libya immediately and halt its support for warlord Khalifa Haftar.

Zayed reiterated his rejection to any attempt to infringe Libya's sovereignty by any country. He said that the French statement on Javelin missiles is contradictory; on one hand, it claims that the aim of sending missiles was to protect a military unit tasked to fight terrorism, and on the other hand, it states that those weapons are unusable.

The PC member questioned if the weapons were sent to Libya to be disposed and destroyed here, saying that Libyans will not allow Haftar to turn Libya into a dump for French weapons, according to him.

 

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