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Le Drian visits Libya to meet Libyan factions



The French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, visited Libya, on Monday, and met the Minister of Interior of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Al-Aref Al-Khoja.

The meeting tackled some important security issues including the phenomenon of the illegal migration. Al-Khoja said that the Libyan authorities want to deal with the problem of illegal migration to reduce it in legal and humanitarian ways.

From his side, Le Drian stated that his country is ready to cooperate with Libya to deal with the issue. He stressed that Libya needs to work with specialist International Organizations to come to right solutions to solve the problem that threats the world.

Le Drian said in a statement that France aims to help in stabilizing Libya for the sake of the Libyans’ interest. He added that unifying Libya of the existing united institutions is the condition to avoid the danger of terrorism for the long term.

Le Drian also met the head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the GNA, Fayez Al-Sarraj.

It is worth mentioning that Al-Sarraj and the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar, met last month in Paris and agreed to cease fire and prepare for elections in 2018.

A French diplomatic source said that Le Drian visits Libya to strengthen Paris agreement through convincing the Libyan factions that didn’t attend the meeting.

The source added that Le Drian wants to guarantee the justice for all Libyan sides and to put the foundations to carry out the expected elections.

Le Drian also met the head of the State Council, Abdu-Rahman Al-Swehli, in Tripoli.

Le Drian and his delegation visited the city of Misrata where he met members of the Political Gathering of the Deputies of Misrata.

Le Drian said that Misrata should be included in any agreement because it is part of the solution. He also stressed that his country supports the efforts of the United Nations and its envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, to intermediate between the Libyan factions and amend the Political Agreement.

Le Drian clarified that he aims to meet the Libyan factions to widen the participation and to talk about his country’s will to help in treating the war wounded and to remove the mines and the war effects because Misrata fought the terrorism through the forces of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous who had succeeded in defeating Daesh in the city of Sirte.

In the same context, Le Drian visited Haftar in his headquarters. Observers said that Le Drian talked to Haftar about committing to the agreement of Paris, especially after Haftar announced that he refuses the appointment of the Deputy Minister of the Interior by the GNA, Faraj Gueam.

Le Drian also met with the head of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh.