This 22 January 2019 video says about itself:
France is not interested in a peaceful Libya: Italian politician
Another Italian Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on France’s policies in Africa, saying the European country was not interested in a peaceful Libya because its energy interests there clashed with those of Italy.
Relations between Italy and France, traditionally close allies, have grown frosty since the far-right League and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement formed a coalition last year and took aim at pro-EU French President Emmanuel Macron.
Read more here.
So, now the French and Italian regimes wage a proxy war about oil in Libya, with their proxy pro-French and pro-Italian armed gangs killing each other and civilians.
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Fight in Libya is escalating, militia is approaching the capital Tripoli
Units of the Libyan militia that control the east of that country have captured the city of Gharian, about 100 kilometers south of the capital Tripoli. That happened after a rapid advance of the Libyan National Army (LNA) of the warlord Khalifa Haftar.
Since the fall of dictator Gaddafi in 2011, oil-rich Libya has been the scene of a chaotic struggle between different militias. In Tripoli is a weak UN-recognized official government led by Prime Minister Serraj, although other militias are also active in and around the capital. In Benghazi located in the east there is a council that is affiliated with Haftar’s LNA, which has also taken over parts of the south of the country in recent weeks.
The capture of Gharian was accompanied by fights in the vicinity of the city, but residents report that they have stopped. The approach of Tripoli by the Haftar forces is seen as an escalation, but it is not clear whether the LNA intends to push through to the capital.
Analysts doubt whether the paramilitary group has enough strength for this: in their conquests in the rest of the country, they leaned strongly on local leaders. But Haftar has repeatedly said that he has the goal of “liberating” Tripoli. …
UN Secretary General Guterres, who is visiting Libya, warns of a confrontation. “There is no military solution”. …
Haftar is supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
The NOS might have mentioned that Haftar is not only supported by Egyptian dictator Sisi, but also by European Union member government France of Sisi’s buddy Macron. And that the Italian government supports Haftar’s Tripoli enemies.
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