France says airstrikes or troops on land in Libya are not on the list

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has ruled out air raids or ground troops in Libya. ”We must not repeat mistakes made in the past”, he told radio France Info. He added: ”If air raids, troops on the ground are imagined, all this is not on the table. In any case, it is not France’s position”. Ayrault then spoke about securing the Sarraj government, noting that, ”if he will ask for international aid, we will examine that, but it is his decision”.

The French diplomacy chief said Libya is a ”priority dossier”, also for Europe. Aurault then answered a question on the reopening of the French embassy in Tripoli saying it was difficult for him to reply.

”The building is currently empty, the embassy’s members had to leave for security reasons, therefore it is necessary to create the conditions”, he concluded. (ANSAmed).

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