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Published on March 30, 2016
Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, March 30, 2016

France welcomes today’s arrival in Tripoli of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj and several members of the Presidential Council to prepare for the installation of the national unity government. I applaud this courageous decision, which has the full support of the international community.

France calls on all Libyan institutions to serve this government in order to meet the expectations of the people, in line with the Skhirat agreement and Security Council Resolution 2259 (2015).

The Libyan national unity government can count on France’s full support in tackling the challenges it faces, and first among them, the urgent need to bring an end to advances by Daesh [so-called ISIL].

Let me remind you that the European Union decided to impose sanctions on those who endeavour to delay this government from taking office, thereby threatening the unity, security and stability of Libya and its neighbours./.

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