Foreign Minister visits Libya

Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt)

Paris, 23 July 2018

Libya – Visit by Jean-Yves Le Drian (23 July 2018)

Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will be in Tripoli, Misurata, Tobruk, and Rajma on 23 July. This visit follows the international conference on Libya hosted by the French President on 29 May and under the authority of the UN, represented by Ghassan Salamé, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative for Libya.

The day before, he was in Tunisia, where he discussed Libya with President Beji Caid Essebsi, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, and his counterpart, Khemaies Jhinaoui.

In connection with the implementation of the political declaration endorsed on 29 May in Paris, M. Le Drian will have meetings with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, President of the House of Representatives Aguila Saleh Issa, President of the High Council of State Khaled Mechri, and the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, about the commitments they agreed to on that occasion. These commitments include three key principles and two decisive deadlines for Libya’s future: the adoption of a constitutional platform before 16 September, the holding of general and presidential elections on 10 December, and the unification of economic and security institutions under civilian authority.

M. Le Drian will also pay a visit to the city council and elected officials of Misurata, where he will reiterate France’s commitment to an inclusive political solution for resuming the democratic transition.

Migration issues will also be central to the discussion with Prime Minister Sarraj. In accordance with the road map on migration that came out of the Paris summit of 28 August 2017 and the Abidjan summit of 29 November 2017, and along with the efforts of the migration working group, M. Le Drian will reiterate France’s commitments and urge the Libyan authorities to continue to abide by theirs.

Finally, M. Le Drian will announce the continuation of France’s work to support Libya’s stabilization, especially in the priority areas of mine clearance and health. He will advocate increased support for Libya’s High National Elections Commission, and will announce an increase in France’s financial contribution to it for the organization of Libyan elections.

France reiterates its full support for Ghassan Salamé’s action plan. It calls on all the Libyan parties to consistently engage in this dialogue. (…)./.

Published on 24/07/2018

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