Thursday 22 November 2018

French president hails agreement struck by Libyan rivals

President Macron said the ‘Libyan people aspire to stability, security’ and a better life.

Libyan officials attend an International Conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris (Etienne Laurent/AP)
Libyan officials attend an International Conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris (Etienne Laurent/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

French President Emmanuel Macron has hailed the agreement struck between rival Libyan leaders at a Paris meeting as a “crucial step” for the war-battered country.

President Macron said at a press conference, after the gathering concluded in the French capital, that this was “the first time these Libyan leaders accepted to work together and approved a joint declaration”.

He said “now we have clear commitments for the country, an approved calendar” for December parliamentary and presidential elections.

He said the presence of 20 countries and international conference in Paris shows “the support of the international community” toward the efforts of the Libyan leaders.

President Macron said the “Libyan people aspire to stability, security” and a better life.

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