Official speeches and statements - July 24, 2017
1. Libya - July 25 initiative - Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic (Paris - July 24, 2017)
The President will convene a meeting at La Celle Saint-Cloud on July 25, 2017 with Mr. Fayez Sarraj, the Libyan Prime Minister, and General Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the Libyan National Army, to lead consultations to find a way out of the crisis in Libya.
France intends, through this initiative, to facilitate a political understanding between the Libyan Prime Minister and the Commander of the Libyan National Army, as Mr. Ghassan Salamé, the United Nations Secretary-General’s new Special Representative for Libya, who is participating in the discussions, takes office as United Nations mediator.
In consultation with all its partners, France intends to signal its support for the efforts to build a political compromise, under the aegis of the United Nations, which draws all the various Libyan players together on an inclusive basis.
The challenge is to create a state which is capable of addressing the Libyans’ basic needs and equipped with a regular, unified army under the authority of civilian power. This is necessary for controlling Libya’s territory and borders in order to combat terrorist groups and the trafficking of arms and migrants, but also with a view to the return of stable institutional life.