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Macron urges end to deployment of pro-Turkish Syrian fighters to Libya

AFP , Sunday 19 Jan 2020
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Republic of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pose for a family photo during the Libya summit in Berlin, Germany, January 19, 2020. Reuters

France's President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday hit out against foreign troop deployments in war-ravaged Libya, saying such intervention only serves to fuel the conflict and create new risks for everyone.

Voicing his "acute concerns over the arrival of Syrian and foreign fighters in the city of Tripoli", Macron told a Berlin summit on Libya that "that must end".

Ankara has been accused of sending hundreds of Syrian fighters into Tripoli to back up Fayez al-Sarraj's UN-recognised government while Moscow has allegedly deployed mercenaries to lend support to strongman Khalifa Haftar.

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