Le Drian: Macron wants to meet with Haftar to urge a cease-fire

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 14 May 2019, 11:29 PM
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that President Emmanuel Macron wanted to meet with Libyan Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar "to urge a ceasefire and resume peace talks."

Tripoli is home to the recognised administration but some European countries such as France have also supported eastern military commander Haftar as a way to fight militants.

A day after meeting Macron, the internationally recognised government asked 40 foreign firms including French oil major Total to renew their licences or have their operations suspended.

“The situation in Libya is extremely worrying because the proposed U.N. roadmap to both parties - and which almost reached a positive conclusion - ... has today failed on the one hand because of Field Marshal Haftar’s initiative and Serraj’s non-initiative,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers.

“It’s for this reason that the president wanted to meet one and the other to support the U.N. initiative.”

The French presidency said there was no meeting planned at this stage.

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