French Envoy Discusses Elections with Bashagha


The French Special Envoy to Libya, Paul Soler met with the Prime Minister-designate, Fathi Bashagha. They discussed the constitutional basis for the Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

In a tweet, the French Embassy in Libya said: “Interview of the Special Envoy and the Ambassador of France with the PM appointed by Parliament Fathi Bashagha: need to finalize the constitutional basis and to hold Presidential and Parliamentary elections as soon as possible, in accordance with the wishes of the Libyans.”

Soler also held talks with the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh. The French Embassy tweeted that the talks “focused on the political situation in Libya and the need to finalise the constitutional basis. As well as on the importance of holding Libyan Presidential and Parliamentary elections as soon as possible.”

On Friday, Ambassadors and representatives of the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Britain, Egypt, and Turkey held a meeting on Libya at the Wilton Park foundation headquarters in London.

The Italian Envoy to Libya, Nicola Orlando tweeted that the meeting, “confirmed their support for the efforts of the new UN Envoy, Abdoulaye Bathily to reach the elections.”

Orlando explained that the London meeting “ended with encouraging the relevant Libyan institutions to complete the constitutional and legal requirements for elections without delay, and to work together to overcome divisions.”

Notably, the European Union confirmed its support for the diversification of Libya’s oil-driven economy, and boosting the country’s private sector development.

A recent high-level conference in Tunisia brought together policymakers, economic experts, and business leaders from Libya’s evolving private sector. The conference marked the launch of a wide consultation process to develop a national economic diversification strategy by mid-2024.

“Increasing the national income and defining a national strategy for economic diversification is among the priorities of the Ministry of Economy and Trade. The diversification strategy is important to develop the service and production sectors, decrease the dependencies on oil, and harness Libya’s other potentials,” said Minister of Economy and Trade, Mohamed Al-Hwaij.

The EU is supporting the process of establishing a Libyan national economic diversification strategy through its E-NABLE project.

“We are working with Libyan institutions on creating a more business and investment-friendly environment, streamlining and digitalizing administrative procedures such as business registration or the administration of taxes. The EU also directly supports the Libyan private sector, young entrepreneurs and start-ups, to realise their business plans and help them become more competitive on the market” explained Francesca Cuccia, Program Manager for private sector development at the EU Delegation to Libya.