France calls for halt of hostile operations, removal of foreign troops and appointment of a new executive authority in Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 30 Dec 2020, 12:59 AM
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The French Foreign Ministry called on all Libyan parties to refrain from resuming any hostile operations while focusing on an agreement to appoint a new official to the executive authority.

The comments by the French Foreign Ministry were made in response to a question about its position on Marshal Khalifa Haftar's statement to "expel the Turkish occupier" from Libya.

France clarified that "there is no military solution in Libya, but the priority is the implementation of the ceasefire agreement of 23 October 2020, which provides for the exit of foreign troops and mercenaries, as well as the continuation of the political process under the authority of the United Nations."

It also urged all Libyan parties to support a political settlement, refrain from any resumption of hostilities and focus on appointing a new executive and organizing elections scheduled for December 24, 2021, as decided by the Dialogue Forum in Tunis.

The French position comes despite a series of tensions between Paris and Ankara in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean, where Turkish military intervention raises concerns that it is undermining European interests, as France sees it as an immigration blackmail tool against Europe in the same way that Turkey has benefited from Syria's Idlib.

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