Libya: Fayez al-Sarraj protests French military presence on its territory

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The president of the presidential council of the national coalition government in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, has summoned the French ambassador to Libya, Antoine Sivan, to officially protest against the French military presence in the eastern region of the country, particularly in Benghazi.

The protest letter said the Libyan national coalition government considers the French military presence there as a violation of the international norms and an unacceptable interference against a sovereign state, which establishes relations with the countries of the world on the basis of mutual respect and non-interference in home affairs, according to a communiqué issued by the Information office of the presidential council.

Fayez al-Sarraj asked the French ambassador for a formal clarification from the French government on the issue, to which Sivan pledged in the affirmative and expressed France’s support to the presidential council and the national reconciliation government.