France Reiterates its Positive Role in Libya

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On Thursday, France’s Special Envoy to Libya, Paul Soler said that Paris will play a positive role in maintaining stability in Libya. As well as ensure a political agreement is reached between the warring parties.

During his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla Al-Mangoush, the France Envoy stressed the need to hold Parliamentary and Presidential elections, based on a consensual constitutional framework.

The talks were attended by the France Ambassador to Libya, Beatrice Le Fraper du Hellen, according to a statement by the Ministry on Thursday.

They also discussed the latest political developments, ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, and strengthen lasting stability in Libya.

Yesterday, the France ambassador held a meeting with the Head of Libya’s Presidential Council (PC) Mohamed Al-Mnifi in Tripoli.

The France ambassador stressed the importance of supporting the electoral process in the country, ensuring the success of the security and military tracks, and creating an economic environment that paves the way for permanent stability.

The Italian Foreign Minister’s Special Envoy to Libya, Nicola Orlando also held talks in Tripoli with a number of senior officials on Wednesday. This was to reiterate his support for the mediation efforts of the UN Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams.

This coincides with the end of the roadmap that was approved by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, on 22 June.

On Tuesday, Williams chaired a plenary session of the Security Working Group for Libya in Tunisia. Members of Libya’s 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) participated in the meeting, which was co-chaired by the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, and the African Union.

“We discussed ceasefire monitoring, disarmament and demobilization, and the way forward on the JMC 5+5’s work,” Williams noted.

Libya has had two competing governments since March, when the eastern-based Libyan Parliament appointed Fathi Bashagha to replace incumbent PM Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba. This has renewed a standoff between the east and west of the country. Dbaiba, who was elected a year ago in UN-backed talks, has refused to cede power to Bashagha.