Macron Takes Aim at Libya Standoff With Paris Talks

French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting Tuesday with the head of Libya’s United Nations-backed government and the North African oil producer’s powerful eastern-based military commander in the latest attempt to seek a solution to their standoff.

Macron’s office said the initiative is aimed at facilitating the work of UN special negotiator Ghassan Salame, who will also take part in the talks near Paris between Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar, who leads the so-called Libyan National Army.

“The goal is to build a state capable of responding to the fundamental needs of Libyans and with a unified regular army under civilian control,” Macron’s office said in a statement Monday announcing the meeting. “It’s necessary to control Libyan territory and its borders in order to fight against terrorist groups and human and weapons traffickers, but also in order to return to a stable institutional life.”…

Read more : Bloomberg, 24.07.2017