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Libya turns into battleground between France and Italy

26 17 9
22.01.2019

Western newspapers have talked about the fierce political and security rivalry between France and Italy over Libya, amid a hindered political process due to the contradicted US project, which aims to establish an Arab military alliance to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The French-language and Geneva-based newspaper Tribune de Genève shed light on the frantic rivalry between France and Italy in Libya, citing deep reasons for Libya’s political hindrance, seven and a half years after the overthrow of Gaddafi’s regime.

Through interviews with some citizens and personalities, the newspaper reached some conclusions, including the existence of a “real war for influence between France and Italy,” according to Swissinfo website.

Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, a human rights activist and former Vice Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya during the 2011 revolution, said that “There will be no peace and stability in Libya unless the international community reaches consensus.”

Historical reasons

The newspaper pointed out some recent historical reasons (the decision of former French President Sarkozy to use force to stop the advance of Gaddafi’s forces towards Benghazi to crush the rebels), and other old historical........

© Middle East Monitor