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Al-Sarraj: Libya needs comprehensive reconciliation



The head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, met, on Tuesday, the French President, François Hollande, and the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, in Paris.

Al-Sarraj, who met Hollande and Ayrault separately, told the French side that any intelligence or military intervention in Libya must be agreed and coordinated with the PC in Tripoli.

It is worth mentioning that France was forced to admit that it has provided military assistance to Haftar after three French troops were killed in Libya during an intelligence-gathering mission in July.

Al-Sarraj said that France promised him to inform the GNA in future of “any security coordination.”

The meetings discussed the cooperation to fight the terrorism and resist the illegal migration.

In an interview on France24 TV, Al-Sarraj said that the relationship between Libya and France is historical. He added that the current circumstances inside Libya oblige us to build a partnership between the two countries in different fields.

Al-Sarraj stated that Libya needs a full reconciliation between all Libyans without any exclusions, which is needed in Libya after the fragmentation and division.

Al-Sarraj said that he has no personal dispute with General Khalifa Haftar, confirming that there is a political controversy, which “we have to surpass because we bet on the national spirit in Libya.”

Regarding establishing the military institution, Al-Sarraj said that “we a military authority under the leadership of the civil authority, as in the democratic countries.”

About Haftar and the crescent oil region, Al-Sarraj said that “we were trying to avoid clashes in the oil regions, where the subsistence of the Libyan people, but now what we want is the force that protects the petroleum installations must be under the leadership of the GNA.

Al-Sarraj said that “no one wants an escalation or a confrontation between Libyans.” He also said the “we should be united to fight the terrorism that is spreading in Libya.”

Al-Sarraj also talked reforming the GNA hoping that “the House of Representatives (HoR) will convene and that it will respond within six months as it did the last time.”