President urges Libya’s Haftar to establish a ceasefire

Libya – Meeting between M. Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, and Mr Khalifa Haftar, Supreme Commander of the Libyan National Army – Press communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 22 May 2019

The French President hosted a meeting today with Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Supreme Commander of the Libyan National Army.

The purpose of the meeting – which comes one week after the visit to France by Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj – was to facilitate dialogue between the Libyan stakeholders, in the context of the military operations under way on the outskirts of Tripoli.

In this situation, the President asked Marshal Haftar to ensure civilians are protected and work to establish a ceasefire and the resumption of political negotiations.

The President reaffirmed France’s priorities in Libya: to combat terrorist groups, dismantle trafficking rings, in particular those linked to illegal migration, and stabilize Libya in the long term.

On the political process, he reminded Marshal Haftar of the commitments made at previous international meetings, particularly in France, Italy and the United Arab Emirates, in their three dimensions: establishing transitional governance, unifying Libya’s institutions and preparing the elections demanded by the Libyan people. He encouraged him to ensure they are implemented.

The President expressed his support for the United Nations and his wish for close coordination with the European, African and international partners./.

Published on 24/05/2019

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