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    September 7, 2017

    6 Years after, France suddenly wants to end the Libyan crisis

    September 7th, 2017 - Fort Russ News -
    - Breakingnews.sy - - by Samer Hussein -  
       





    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday he noticed “positive developments” that might help end the Libyan crisis after meeting with Libyan parties this week. 

    The Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj and Libyan National Army General Commander Khalifa Haftar both committed themselves to a conditional ceasefire agreement reached back in July in Paris and promised to work together as regards the forthcoming elections in 2018. 

    As the agreement did not include other major Libyan factions, Le Drian left for Libya on Monday in order to convince representatives of the two remaining major parties, as well as several other factions in the country, to support the interim agreement for which France hopes will be used by the United Nations as a basis for advancing its mediation efforts.

    “I think we are on the right track to find a way out of this difficult situation, with the goal of activating political reconciliation and eventually get out of this crisis.We have not reached that yet, but there are some positive elements that make us believe a solution will soon be reached”, Le Drian was heard saying.

    It is noteworthy that Western governments (French one especially) were largerly responsible for instability that has been devastating the country since 2011 when they made a lot of efforts to overthrow the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. 

    French President Emmanuel Macron sees the Libyan crisis as an opportunity to spread the diplomatic influence of Paris, with France having a deeper role in uniting the Libyan factions in the hope of countering the jihadists violence and easing the pressure of the migrant crisis in Europe.







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