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France and Libya

France and Libya

Franco-Libyan Relations

Ambassadors:

  • Mr. Antoine Sivan (official reopening of the embassy Aug. 29th, 2011 after being closed for six months; Order of Appointment: October 14th)
  • Mr. Abouhamoud Al Shibani (December 22)

French Community: 295 registered but about 200 persons actually present in Libya including about fifty members of the Embassy and forty businessmen (April 2012).

French Consulate: Tripoli (visa section reopened for VIPs only)

French high school: Institution operated by the secular Mission accredited by the AEFE. Closed since February 2011. Scheduled to reopen in September 2012.

French exports to Libya (2011): €225 million

French imports from Libya (2011): €2.0 billion (99.5% hydrocarbons)

Visits

-  International Meetings Regarding Libya

March 19th: Paris Summit supporting the Libyan people. Military operations launched.

March 29th: London meeting. Creation of the International Contact Group on Libya.

April 13th: Doha: first meeting of the Contact Group.

May 5th: Rome: second meeting of the Contact Group.

June 9th: Abu Dhabi: third meeting of the Contact Group.

July 15th: Istanbul: fourth meeting of the Contact Group.

September 1st: Paris: Conference supporting the new Libya (60 delegations). Creation of the Friends of Libya group. On the sidelines, on September 2nd, meeting regarding reconstruction organized by the NTC with international organizations (UN, IMF, WB, EU) and bilateral donors (France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, Turkey).

September 20th: New York – Friends of Libya Summit.

-  Bilateral Visits

March 10th: Visit to France by Mr. Mahmoud Jibril and Mr. Ali Essaoui members of the NTC: NTC recognized by France as the representative of the Libyan people.

March 14th: Visit to France by Mr. Mahmoud Jibril, member of the NTC

April 20th: Visit to France by Mr. Mustapha Abdel Jalil, the NTC’s Chairman

May 14th: Visit to France by Mr. Mahmoud Jibril, the NTC’s Chairman of the Executive Board (PM) and Foreign Minister

May 20th: Visit to France by Mr. Allagui, the NTC’s Minister of Justice and Human Rights

June 10th: Visit to France by Mr. Naji Barakat, the NTC’s Minister of Health

June 29th_ 30th: Visit to France by Mr. Mahmoud Shammam, the NTC’s Minister for the Media

July 28th: Visit to France by Mr. Ahmed Darrat, the NTC’s Interior Minister

August 3rd-5th: Visit to France by Mr. Anwar Al-Feytouri, the NTC’s Minister of Transport and Communications

August 24th: Visit to France by Mr. Mahmoud Jibril, Chairman of the Executive Board (PM) and Foreign Minister of the NTC

September 1st: Visit to France by Mr. Moustapha Abdel Jalil, the NTC’s Chairman and Mr. Mahmoud Jibril, the TNC’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, on the occasion of the International Conference Supporting the New Libya, in Paris.

On September 2nd, in Paris, Mr. Ahmed Jehani, the NTC’s Minister of Reconstruction, organized a meeting dedicated to reconstruction.

September 15th: visit to Tripoli and Benghazi by the President of the Republic (and the Ministre d’État), jointly with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

September 22nd: visit to France in a private capacity by Mr. Mohammed Allagui, Minister of Justice and Human Rights

October 12th: visit to Libya by the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pierre Lellouche, with a delegation of 80 companies.

October 25th_26th: visit to Libya by Mr. Francois Zimeray, Ambassador for Human Rights.

December 5th: visit to Libya by the Chief of the Defense Staff, Admiral Edouard Guillaud.

December 14th-15th: visit to Libya by Mr. Alain Juppé, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs.

December 20th: visit to Libya by the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pierre Lellouche, with a delegation of a hundred companies.

December 22th: visit to Libya by Mr. Xavier Bertrand, Minister for Labor, Employment, and Health.

-  2012

January 29th: visit to Libya by Mr. Thierry Mariani, Minister for Transport.

February 24th-26th: visit to Libya (Tripoli, Misrata, Zintane, Benghazi) by M. Gerard Longuet, Minister of Defense.

February 25th-27th: visit to France by Mr. Ahmed Ali Abuzkhar, Vice Minister of Agriculture, to participate in the International Agriculture Exhibition.

March 12th-15th: visit to France by Mr. Fawzi Abdelali, Minister of the Interior.

March 20th-21st: visit to Libya by the Senate Finance Commission, chaired by Mr. Philippe Marini.

May 14th-16th: visit to France by a delegation of the Tripoli Local Council.

May 21st-24th: visit to France by Mr. Abderrahmane Habil, Minister of Culture and Civil Society.

-  2011

February 17th: beginning of the Libyan Revolution

March 5th: formation of the National Transitional Council (NTC)

Updated on : 25.06.12

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