France Stresses Need to Achieve Lasting Ceasefire in Libya

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On Saturday, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian praised Egypt’s efforts over the Libyan file.

He welcomed the Cairo initiative, which aims to achieve an immediate ceasefire between the two warring parties in Libya and complete the work of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission Talks in Geneva.

In a phone call with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Le Drian expressed his country’s support to all efforts that seek to resume political dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations and in accordance to the resolutions of the Berlin Conference.

He also stressed the importance of unifying all Libyan institutions, including the financial ones, and holding parliamentary and presidential elections.

He added that his country is determined to contribute to achieving all these goals, stressing the need to give priority to the immediate cessation of hostilities and a permanent ceasefire.

On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced an initiative for a political settlement in Libya following talks in Cairo with Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar and Libyan Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh.

The “Cairo Declaration”, the Egyptian initiative announced by Sisi, seeks to establish a ceasefire between warring Libyan parties starting from June 8.

It then hopes to lead to a UN-supervised election of the Libyan presidential council and the drafting of a constitutional declaration to regulate elections for the later stage, Sisi explained in a joint press conference on Saturday.