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Libya, France agree on border security, support for transitional phase

The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, said he had agreed with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, on activating Libyan-French Joint Committee that has been suspended since 2002, saying they had both agreed that the committee should follow up on previous agreements between the two countries.

Dbeibah, who arrived in Paris coming from Rome on Tuesday, said in a joint presser with Macron that they were both happy to see Libya-France relations booming, hailing the French role in supporting the political process in Libya and within international arenas, especially in the upcoming Berlin II Conference.

Macron, on the other hand, expressed Paris desire to see Libya regain its stability, sovereignty and unity, reiterating that France would always help Libya in its transitional phase, and stressing that “as Libyans themselves demand, we must stop any foreign intervention, and this goes through the withdrawal of all forces of foreign mercenaries from the territory of Libya”.

“We are working on this with you (Libya) and with all our partners. And this pullout (of foreign troops) should go along with the creation of a unified army. It is necessary to guarantee the success of the national elections scheduled for the end of the year”. Macron said.

Macron said France believes that the the security of Libya’s land and maritime borders are priorities for the European Union, saying Paris would work with African countries that are neighboring Libya to achieve such security.

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