Libya – Visit by the ambassador of France to Libya (April 14, 2016)

At the request of Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Antoine Sivan, Ambassador of France to Libya, will visit Tripoli today with some of his counterparts as part of a UN initiative.

The ambassador will meet with members of the Presidential Council, as well as with the heads of Libyan public institutions.

As Jean-Marc Ayrault indicated to Fayez Serraj, Prime Minister of Libya, on April 7, 2016, this visit reflects our determination to stand alongside the national unity government in Tripoli.

The political process backed by the UN in Libya is moving forward, notably since the arrival of Fayez Serraj and the Presidential Council in Tripoli. This government must exert control over all Libyan public services and financial institutions in order to respond to the numerous expectations of the Libyan people. It can count on France’s support in order to address the challenges facing Libya, notably the strengthening of national unity and the fight against the terrorist threat.

What is the purpose of the joint visit by the French, Spanish and British ambassadors to Tripoli today? When is Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault planning to visit Libya? When will the embassy reopen?

The reopening of our embassy in Tripoli is under consideration. We would like this plan to be put swiftly into practice, while taking the security situation in Libya into consideration.

With respect to our ambassador, please refer to the statement I made today.