France offers support to Libya peace process

France offers support to Libya peace process
Libyan leaders Mohamed Menfi and Musa Al Koni were welcomed at Elysee Palace by French President Emmanuel Macron. EPA

France will reopen its embassy in Libya next week as a gesture of support to the conflict-battered nation after meeting its new leadership in Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron met Mohamed Menfi and Musa Al Koni, president and vice president of Libya’s Presidential Council, at the Elysee Palace.

Mr Macron said France owed a debt to Libya and that it would support the transitional government.

“As of Monday, our embassy in Tripoli will reopen and our ambassador, who has never ceased to work to make it happen, will tread your soil to put in place everything we talked about with you,” he said.

“We must together make sure that the foreign forces on Libya’s soil leave it as soon as possible.

“Turkish fighting forces, Russian fighting forces, foreign fighters imported by them or others on Libya’s soil must leave at once because it’s up to Libya’s forces, united under your authority – and it’s the only legitimate one – to secure Libya’s soil.”