UN, France urge withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya

The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Jan Kubis, and the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, stressed “the importance of expediting the implementation of the ceasefire agreement and the complete withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries (from Libya).”

The two sides stressed, during a visit by Kubis to France, the need to “make further progress in implementing the roadmap approved by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to hold elections on December 24, 2021, as it is a matter of great importance to maintain peace, security and stability in Libya and the region,” according to a statement by UNSMIL.

Kubis and Le Drian discussed the situation in Libya, especially in light of recent developments in the region, and ways to mobilize more support from the international community for Libya.

The UN envoy also met separately with the Director of the Middle East and North Africa at the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Christophe Farnot, and the Special Envoy, Paul Soler, accompanied by other senior officials.

In a meeting with the President’s Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa, Patrick Dorrell, the situation in Libya was discussed against the background of recent developments in the region, where the two sides called on national and international actors to respect Libya’s sovereignty, by complying with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

The mission statement indicated that Kubis exchanged views while in Paris with the former Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, Ghassan Salame, on ways to advance the peace process in Libya.


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