France's FM visits Libya to boost reconciliation deal

2018-07-23 17:38
French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L), meets with Libya's unity government Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (R) at his office in the capital Tripoli. (File, AFP)

French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L), meets with Libya's unity government Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (R) at his office in the capital Tripoli. (File, AFP)

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France's foreign minister is visiting Libya to encourage holding elections in the north African country as part of a reconciliation agreement reached by the country's main political rivals in Paris in May.

A statement by the UN-backed government in the capital, Tripoli, says Jean-Yves Le Drian has met Fayez Serraj, the prime minister-designate of the Tripoli-based government on Monday.

In May 2018, Serraj and Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, the commander of Libya's self-styled national army, committed to working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and a roadmap to secure the lawless country against terrorism and human trafficking.

Libya slid into chaos after the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed ruler Muammar Gaddafi. France was at the forefront of the NATO airstrikes, carried out along with the United States and others.

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