The French president will meet on Tuesday 25 July, in the afternoon in Paris, the two Libyan rivals camps, Prime Minister al-Sarraj backed by the international community and his opponent, General Haftar. The purpose of this meeting is to have them sign a joint declaration. Fayez al-Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar spoke at the beginning of May in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, a first in more than a year and a half, and promised to work to ease tensions in Libya and fight Against terrorism.
Facilitating a political agreement
Officially, it will be for the President of the Republic “to facilitate a political agreement between the President of the Libyan Council and the commander of the Libyan National Army”, announces the press release of the Elysee. Emmanuel Macron announced as soon as he took office to make Libya one of his priorities on the international scene. For France, finding a strong state in this country would make it possible in particular to stabilize the region, to fight against terrorism and against illegal immigration.
Paris ensures “in a collective dynamic”
The balance of forces on the ground has indeed swung to the side of Khalifa Haftar. The latter, which has the advantage of being considered as the main bulwark against the jihadist threat, secured several bases in the south of the country, conquered the strategic base of Al Joufra in the center and could move towards Sirte in the coming weeks.
France recognized last year the presence of its special forces in the country after the death of three of its agents.
There is no question of going it alone, says the Elysee, where it is stressed that Tuesday’s initiative “is part of a collective dynamic” and that it is ” To involve everyone through the United Nations “before” other initiatives that will be taken in the weeks and months ahead “.