Cavusoglu called France's actions in Libya "devastating"

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Russia and Turkey are making efforts for a cease-fire in Libya, and France's action was described as "devastating", said the Agency Anadolu.

According to Cavusoglu, France tacitly supports the head of the Libyan national army, Khalifa the Haftarot, supplying arms to Libya.

"Paris in words, rejects the support of the coup, but in fact the French gun is purchased in the UAE and shipped to Libya. Paris dishonest in their actions," the Turkish Minister said at a joint press conference with Hungarian counterpart Peter Siarto.

In addition, he added that NATO calls a threat to Russia's presence in Libya, but France is "playing into the hands of Russia in North Africa". At the same time, the Agency citing the words of the Minister said that "Turkey and Russia are making efforts for a cease-fire in Libya."

Earlier the President of France Emmanuel macron said that Turkey is playing in Libya a "dangerous game" and stressed that Ankara's actions contradict the commitments made at the international conference in Berlin. In response, the press Secretary of the foreign Ministry of Turkey Hami Aksoy said that the words about "dangerous game" can be explained "merely a distraction".

France accused the Turkish military of aggressive behavior in the Mediterranean sea in the attempt of the French to inspect a cargo ship bound for Libya under the protection of Turkish Navy. Turkey has rejected the charges, saying that the French ship has made dangerous maneuvers.

In Berlin on 19 January, held an international conference on Libya with the participation of Russia, the USA, Turkey, Egypt and several other countries as well as EU and UN. The main outcome of the conference was the call for participants for a ceasefire in Libya and an obligation to refrain from intervention in the conflict, respecting an embargo on the supply of arms to the parties. In addition, the participants proposed to create a Committee for monitoring the implementation of the cease-fire.

In Libya, the confrontation between the national consensus Government (NTC) Fayeza Zarraga, which controls Tripoli and areas to the West of the country, and the Libyan national army under the command of the Haftarot, more than a year trying to recapture the capital. Both sides claim that opponents are using weapons and manpower from the outside. In recent weeks, the NTC forces have reported significant progress in the battle for Tripoli and announced the intention to build on the success, to establish control over the city of Sirte and other areas to the East of the capital.