Libya – United Nations – Call between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Ghassan Salamé (17 April 2019)

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, spoke by telephone this afternoon with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN in Libya, Ghassan Salamé. The Minister and the Special Representative discussed the security and humanitarian situation in Tripoli.

Mr Le Drian expressed France’s concerns about a situation that undermines the peace efforts made in Libya with the support of the international community, with the main victims being civilian populations. He recalled the need for a ceasefire and immediate resumption of dialogue, with a view to restarting a credible political process under the authority of the United Nations, involving the swift holding of elections.

The Minister assured the Special Representative of France’s full support for his mediation and commended the courage he and his staff have shown in pursuing their work.

France is determined to continue its efforts alongside the Libyans, its European partners and Libya’s neighbours, in order to reach a negotiated solution to this conflict. The resolution of this conflict is highly important for European security, stability in the Mediterranean and the Sahel region, and controlling migration.