France supports unifying Libyan army, envoy says

French President’s special envoy to Libya, Paul Soler, has reaffirmed, in a meeting in Tripoli with the Deputy Head of the Presidential Council, Mossa al-Koni, his country’s support for the efforts to unify the Libyan army, limit illegal immigration, and combat cross-border crime.

Al-Koni referred to the neutrality of the Presidential Council toward consensus among all parties to address the political impasse, noting that the national reconciliation file had reached advanced stages.

He commended the level of Libyan-French relations and the importance of developing them in various fields to contribute to accelerating the achievement of stability and reconstruction.

Al-Koni also said that the efforts aimed at controlling the borders, especially the southern ones, needed to be strengthened to confront the threats of the flow of illegal immigration and terrorism.

In the meantime, Soler expressed his country’s readiness to cooperate with the relevant authorities in Libya and provide the necessary logistical capabilities to perform their tasks in securing the borders, stressing the need to continue consultation with countries interested in Libya in cooperation with political parties in order to reach concrete agreements that lead to holding elections whose results would be acceptable to all participants.

“We also support the efforts aimed at reconstruction, especially in the southern region. The Libyan file is one of our first concerns, as we seek to help Libya address the political impasse by communicating with political parties to achieve stability and reach elections.” Soler further explained to Al-Koni.


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