Emmanuel Macron meets with the Iraqi president


President Emmanuel Macron spoke by telephone this Saturday, January 4, 2020 with the Iraqi President and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. – SIPA

French President Emmanuel Macron met with Iraqi President Barham Saleh on Saturday morning after the death in an American raid in Iraq of the powerful Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, said the Elysee. The head of state “reiterated his commitment to the security and sovereignty of Iraq,” said a statement. “The two presidents agreed to stay in close contact to avoid
further aggravation of tension and act for the stability of Iraq and the region as a whole, “the source added.

Emmanuel Macron was also in telephone contact on Saturday with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed ben Zayed, de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates with whom they “agreed to act together with all stakeholders to avoid an escalation dangerous tensions in the region ”.

28 dead in raid on military school in Libya

In addition, the French president discussed with Mohammed ben Zayed “the latest developments in the Libyan crisis “. The two leaders “expressed their determination to act”, two days after
the authorization given by the Turkish parliament for a deployment of the Turkish army in Libya, said the Elysee. They notably pleaded for a “cease-fire to be established” and for “the inter-Libyan negotiations to resume as soon as possible”.

But later today, at least 28 people were killed and dozens injured in an air strike against a military school in a residential area of ​​Tripoli. under the control of the Government of national unity (GNA). On Facebook, the latter accused supporters of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of eastern Libya, of having carried out this strike, posting photos of the wounded and the victims. Libya has been in chaos since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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