Tripoli: French Foreign Minister promises to press Libya’s elections forward

Tripoli: French Foreign Minister promises to press Libya’s elections forward

July 23, 2018 - 16:51
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived Monday morning in Tripoli coming from Tunisia with the intent to hold meetings with Libyan rivals who met in Paris on May 29.

Le Drian said in a joint presser with his Libyan counterpart Mohammed Sayala that he told the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj that France supports the efforts of Ghassan Salame that aim to peacefully end the current crisis in Libya, reiterating France’s push for elections.

“Libyan leaders vowed in Paris to hold presidential and parliamentary elections and we will double efforts to see that happen.” Le Drian remarked, adding that the United Nations sent the High National Elections Commission in Libya 100 million dollars to help hold the elections this year.

Le Drian also talked about the oil crescent issue, reminding Libyan rivals that the oil terminals must remain under the oversight of the National Oil Corporation in Tripoli.

Sayala, in the meantime, said France was among the first countries who supported the return of the oil sector’s revenue under the NOC in Tripoli, saying France is continuing with its supportive policy toward Libya so that in the end all Libyans can reach a peaceful, political solution to the crisis.

Le Drian is scheduled to meet with the Head of the High Council of State (HCS) Khalid Al-Mishri and representatives from Misrata city, before he goes to meet Khalifa Haftar in Rajma - eastern Libya - and House of Representatives Speaker, Aqila Saleh in Tobruk.