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France informs Egypt and others about its initiative



A French diplomatic source said, on Monday, that France informed Egypt and the neighbouring countries of Libya as well as other countries in the region and the permanent members of the Security Council about its initiative to end the crisis in Libya.

The source revealed that there is an expected statement to be issued on Tuesday after the meeting between the French President, Emmanuel Macron, the head of the Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Sarraj, and the commander of the army of the House of Representatives (HoR). The statement is to stress that there wouldn’t be a military resolution in Libya but political.

The source added that Al-Sarraj is the legitimate representative of Libya as he is the head of the PC that backed by the United Nations. However, the balance of power on ground opens the doors to the possibility of finding a political solution through the diplomatic initiatives.

The sources stated that the meeting between Haftar and Al-Sarraj in Abu-Dhabi, last May, didn’t bring any consensus between the two sides and followed by the unstable situation on the ground. It added that France is trying to support the UN efforts especially with the new UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame.

The source stressed that there some scenarios to manage the issue, referring to the initiative of Al-Sarraj that proposed presidential and parliamentary election next March.

The source said that the Tuesday meeting wouldn’t be able to come to a full settlement, but it wishes to put general foundations to enable the two sides to advance under the light of their shared desires to exit the current crisis.

Regarding amending the Political Agreement, the source said that France thinks that there are points in the Agreement needed to be amended and it is not possible to allow any faction involved in terrorist activities in the political solution.