France and UK Agree on Need for UN Political Process in Libya

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On Thursday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to Downing Street to commemorate the 80th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s ‘Appel’ speech.

The two leaders discussed a number of regional issues, including the situation in Libya and Turkey’s aggressive behavior in the eastern Mediterranean. Johnson and Macron agreed on the need for a UN-led political process that brings together the warring parties to end the conflict.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is due to visit Germany and the UK to discuss the situation in Libya. France has recently condemned Turkey’s “extremely aggressive” interference and continued violations of the UN arms embargo on Libya.

“Turkey’s support for the ongoing offensive by the Government of National Accord (GNA) goes directly against efforts to secure an immediate truce,” the French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.