Italian foreign ministry undersecretary Manlio Di Stefano told The National that while France and Italy cooperated as partners on Libyan issues, in practice, things were often “not going in the right direction”. Of particular concern was the discovery of French weapons in camps abandoned by Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, the undersecretary from Italy’s 5 Star Movement said.
Mr Di Stefano remained concerned that France was not coordinating its efforts in Libya. “We have discovered French movements in the country that were not aligned with the general agenda and the general strategy,” he said, referring to the reports of military deployments in Libya.
The government in Tripoli has claimed French operatives have supported the LNA.
Mr Di Stefano called on the international community to continue pushing for a ceasefire in Libya and warned that further chaos would be unleashed if a sustainable solution to the violence was not reached. “We are really working in a crystal-clear way to avoid this and reach the ceasefire,” he said.
In response to Mr Di Stefano's remarks a French diplomatic source stated that France had continued to work with its European allies in Libya. "As agreed, regarding the situation in Libya, France works closely with its partners, particularly European".