Kubis holds a series of meetings with French officials in Paris

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Jan Kubis, held a series of meetings in Paris with high-ranking French officials.

The UN mission stated that the meetings come as part of Kubis’ efforts to mobilize the international community’s support for Libyans in their endeavor to achieve peace, stability, unity and prosperity.

The UN envoy to Libya expressed his appreciation for the continuous support of President Emmanuel Macron and the French government to the efforts of the United Nations in Libya, especially the three-track Libyan dialogue stemming from the Berlin conference on Libya.

Kubis held talks at the Elysee Palace with the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the diplomatic advisor to the French President, Emmanuel Bonn, and the Director-General for Political and Security Affairs, IRIRA, at the French Foreign Ministry.

The talks were attended by Christophe Farnot, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the French Foreign Ministry, and Fabien Penonen, Director of the United Nations and International Organizations Department.

The visit of the UN envoy to France also included an interdepartmental meeting, which was chaired by the French special envoy to Libya, Frédéric Desagneau.

The meeting praised the historic unified session of the House of Representatives, which gave confidence to the government of the Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, which opened the way for the transition to the new interim executive authority and the Presidential Council headed by Mohammed Menfi and the government headed by the Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba.

All expressed their appreciation for the statement of the Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj, in which he welcomed the vote of Parliament, expressing his readiness to hand over power.

The meeting also renewed the call for all the current Libyan authorities and actors to show the same sense of responsibility and to ensure the smooth, swift and constructive handover of all tasks and powers to the Interim Executive Authority.

The meeting stressed the importance of continuing to fully implement the ceasefire agreement signed on October 23, 2020, and supporting the new unified interim executive authority, the Presidential Council and the government in their mission to unify Libya and its institutions, address the living conditions of the Libyan people, achieve reconciliation and transitional justice, and prepare the country to hold national elections on the 24th December 2021, as stipulated in the roadmap approved by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

Ways to enhance respect for the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations and the relevant Security Council resolutions and to assist the Libyans in accelerating the removal of mercenaries were highlighted during the Special Envoy’s meetings with other French officials, including Bernard Emier, Head of the General Directorate of External Security in France, and Martin Prinz, Director of the Bureau of the  Minister of the French Armed Forces.

Prior to his departure for Paris, the UN Special Envoy to Libya held a meeting in Geneva with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece. They all strongly praised the session that united the House of Representatives and the vote to give confidence to the government of Prime Minister Dabaiba.

Greece renewed its firm support for the positive developments taking place in Libya and the efforts of the United Nations for peace, unity and stability for the benefit of the Libyan people.

Earlier, the Special Envoy briefed the ambassadors and representatives of the countries accredited to Libya on the recent developments in the country and the activities of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.


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