Libya – Visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Tripoli (16 April 2016)


Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, visited Tripoli on the 16th of April 2016. They met with Fayyez Sarraj, Prime Minister of Libya, and members of the Presidency Council.

The ministers of France and Germany commended the courage and determination of the Prime minister of Libya and the members of the Presidency Council. Their arrival in Tripoli was a major step towards establishing a government representing the whole of Libya. The Prime minister of Libya and the members of the Presidency Council carried the hopes of the Libyan people, who longed for peace, unity, prosperity and the completion of the democratic promises of the Revolution of the 17th of February.

The ministers encouraged the Prime Minister of Libya and the members of the Presidency Council to swiftly assume their rightful role in exerting sole control over all public bodies and security and military forces in Libya, in order to respond to the numerous expectations of the Libyan people. The ministers expressed full support to Libya from France and Germany. Their governments were determined to provide substantial assistance to help the Government of National Accord to restore security, fight terrorism and provide public services for the benefit of all Libyans.

The ministers called on all Libyan parties as well as individuals bearing political, economic and military responsibilities to act responsibly at this decisive time for the future of their country by facilitating an immediate peaceful handover of power and by providing full support to the Government of National Accord. They welcomed the commitment of the Presidency of the House of Representatives to organize without delay the vote of confidence on the cabinet as a whole, as was required by the Libyan Political Agreement. They urged the House of Representatives, the Council of State and all Libyan institutions to fully implement the Libyan Political Agreement, which was the only way to bring an end to Libya’s political and security crisis.

France and Germany stood alongside the Government of National Accord in Tripoli and looked forward to re-opening their embassies as soon as security conditions would allow.