Libya – Conversations with Abdul Hamid Dbeiba and Mohamed Al-Manfi (25 February 2021)


Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, spoke to Abdul Hamid Dbeiba, Prime Minister-elect of Libya, and then with Mohamed al-Manfi, President of the Libyan Presidential Council.

The Minister assured his interlocutors of France’s full support in the task of completing the transition with which the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum entrusted them. He reaffirmed France’s desire for Libya to regain its full sovereignty, its unity and its stability.

The Minister emphasized the importance of a representative and credible government being formed in accordance with the road map adopted by the Political Dialogue Forum. He stressed the fact that only such a government would be in a position to successfully organize the elections, scheduled for 24 December 2021, and implement the ceasefire agreement of 23 October 2020, signed under the aegis of the United Nations. He specified that, in addition to the reopening of the coastal road, the dismantling of militias and the departure of foreign troops and mercenaries must be swiftly implemented by the new transitional authorities.

The Minister assured his interlocutors of France’s willingness to support the process under way, in coordination with the United Nations, with all its partners and with the Berlin summit follow-up committee.