France to reopen embassy in Libya, Macron and Menfi agree in Paris
The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, has agreed with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to reopen Paris embassy in Tripoli next Monday.
The announcement came in a press conference between Menfi and Macron in Paris, where the latter arrived on Tuesday afternoon along with his deputy Mossa Al-Koni to discuss support for the Government of National Unity by France as Libya heads to elections.
Menfi thanked France, during the press conference, for what he said was the "support for Libya's stability, adding that the first steps of such a support would be reopening French embassy in Libya.
Macron said France would be working with international partners to ensure the defense of Libyan sovereignty, adding that "Russian and Turkish forces should leave Libya as soon as possible."
It is worth noting that Turkey signed in November 2019 MoUs with the then Government of National Accord that included defense training and military cooperation between the two countries, while Khalifa Haftar enlisted the assistance of the Russian Wagner Group to provide his forces with manpower and weapons in his war on Tripoli at the time.
Macron, who is a staunch supporter of Haftar's war endeavors and his country's military has more than once been implicated in UN reports as an accomplice of Haftar's military operations, the last of which was selling Haftar US Javelin missiles to use in his war on Tripoli back in 2019, said Paris "aims to maintain the ceasefire agreement in Libya."
He added that France would work with Libya to secure the borders with the help of neighboring countries in order to diminish operations of smuggling, human trafficking, illegal immigration and influx of terrorists to the country.
Menfi's visit to France is the first he makes after he has assumed office as the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council.