Libya - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (18.05.17)

Q - Does France consider - like the Libyan diplomatic chief - that Field Marshal Haftar is the head of the Libyan army?

A - Libya needs to build a national army that includes the participation of all forces that are fighting terrorism nationwide, including those of General Haftar, under a civilian authority. This is one of the major challenges that need to be discussed by the various Libyan parties in the general interest of the country.

In conjunction with our European partners and Libya’s neighbors, France will study the modalities for strengthening its political and security efforts with a view to rebuilding Libyan institutions, particularly an army capable of defeating the terrorists.

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