Libya-France Discuss Cooperation in Justice Sector

Libya-France Discuss Cooperation in Justice Sector
Libya-France Discuss Cooperation in Justice Sector

On Tuesday, the French Ambassador to Libya, Mostafa Mihraje met with the Minister of Justice in the Government of National Unity (GNU), Halima Abdel-Rahman.

According to a tweet published on the French Embassy’s Twitter account, the two sides discussed ways of strengthing bilateral cooperation.

Last week, the Chairman of Libya’s High National Elections Commission (HNEC), Emad Al-Sayeh received Mihraje and his accompanying delegation.

In a statement, HNEC noted that the meeting discussed the latest developments in the electoral process. Al-Sayeh and the French delegation also “reviewed ways to support national proposals and initiatives that seek to hold elections, and keep peace and stability in the country.”

“The meeting comes as part of France’s support for the electoral process in Libya,” the statement added. Mihraje affirmed his support for HNEC’s efforts to “continue to achieve free and credible elections that reflect the will of the Libyan people.”

Earlier in March, the UAE Ambassador to Libya, Mohamed Ali Al Shamsi held talks with Mihraje in Tunisia.

The UAE Embassy said in a statement that the two sides exchanged views on the latest developments in the Libyan crisis and the most prominent issues of common interest.

In turn, Mihraje hailed the “productive” talks with Al Shamsi on the developments in Libya, and the recent UN initiative regarding elections.

Al Shamsi recently met with the German Ambassador to Libya, Michael Ohnmacht, and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and issues of common concern.

Libya has been in chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The county has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by rogue militias and foreign governments.

The current stalemate grew out of the failure to hold elections in December 2021, and the refusal of Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, who is leading the transitional government, to step down. In response, the country’s eastern-based Parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathi Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.