The Address | Benghazi – Libya
PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron wants to meet Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to push a ceasefire and resume peace talks, France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.
Last week, Macron met with Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sarraj during the latter’s diplomatic tour to rally support for his government.
A day after meeting Macron, GNA asked 40 foreign firms including French oil major Total to renew their licenses or have their operations suspended.
Speaking to his country’s lawmakers, Jean-Yves Le Drian described the situation in Libya as “extremely worrying”.
“It’s for this reason that the president wanted to meet one and the other to support the U.N. initiative,” said the French diplomat.
Clashes erupted in Tripoli between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and militias of the GNA after LNA launched a military operation in the capital on April 4. LNA’s operation aims to eliminate militias and terrorist groups that dominated the capital since 2011.