Libya - Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (29 June 2017)


Q - France is not standing idly by with respect to Libya. What are you proposing that’s different compared to the previous administration?

A - Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed our objective in the interview he gave to Le Monde: “The security risk is growing in Libya amid trafficking of all kinds, notably human trafficking. We cannot be satisfied with this situation.”

That’s why France is focusing its efforts on relaunching the political process and the fight against terrorism in Libya. President Macron met with Prime Minister Serraj on May 30. Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed this issue during his recent visits to Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt, and will visit Italy in the near future.

The framework for a political agreement must remain the Skhirat agreement, which can be amended under UN auspices. We lend our support to Ghassan Salamé, the new special representative of the secretary-general, in his efforts to promote dialogue between the Libyan parties, strengthen the UN-led political process and ensure consistency among diplomatic initiatives.