On Wednesday, the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi received the French Ambassador to Libya, Mostafa Mihraje
According to a statement by the Presidential Council, the meeting discussed bilateral relations, and the developments of the Presidential plan to organise elections in 2023.
The two sides also discussed the security, military and economic tracks. As well as the national reconciliation project in the country.
Last week, Mihraje reiterated his support for Libya’s stability, unity, and sovereignty, urging the 6+6 Joint Committee to “expedite the completion of electoral laws,” and emphasized the importance of stability in ensuring free and fair elections in Libya.
“France does not interfere in Libyan affairs, but as a permanent member of the Security Council, it has to show an interest in finding ways for solving its crises,” the Ambassador noted.
“Everything we do is within the framework of the international community, and in support of the UN-led initiative to hold Libyan elections at the end of this year,” Mihraje added.
The French diplomat stressed that France is in direct contact with the UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily and all stakeholders. This is to address the differences over the constitutional base, and meet the aspirations of the Libyan people to choose their leaders.
Al-Mnifi received Bathily last week, to discuss the latest political developments in the country.
In a post on its Twitter account, UNSMIL said that the meeting “focused on the progress made toward elections, national reconciliation, security, and military unification.”
The duo discussed “ways to establish a comprehensive national mechanism for managing oil revenues and spending.”
On his part, Al-Mnifi stressed that he will continue to communicate with various actors in Libya to help advance the political process, affirming his readiness to support any initiative that allows elections to be held before the end of 2023. In turn, Bathily stressed that national ownership is the key to success.