France called on Monday, retired Major General Khalifa Haftar to “refrain from the resumption of hostilities” and to “focus efforts” on finding a political solution.
A spokesman for the French Foreign Ministry said, “There is no military solution in Libya. The priority is to implement the ceasefire agreement reached on October 23, which provides for the departure of foreign forces and foreign mercenaries, and the completion of the political process under the supervision of the United Nations.”
“We call on all Libyan parties to support this process, refrain from resuming hostilities and focus efforts on forming a new government and implementing the electoral elections expected on December 24, 2021, in accordance with the decisions of the Libyan Political Forum under the supervision of the United Nations,” the French spokesman added.
France was accused – along with Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia – of supporting Haftar in the conflict in Libya, which Paris has denied.
The former director of the French intelligence, Bernard Bajoley, told the French newspaper Mediapart two years ago that the French goals at the time of his appointment were to fight terrorism, and therefore “we established ties with Haftar, who was an important player, as well as with Fayez al-Sarraj.”
Bajoley said at the time that he did not encourage the attack launched by Haftar on Tripoli, which ended with Turkey entering the scene of events, along with the Government of National Accord in Libya, noting that the record of France’s involvement in the Libyan chaos is modest to say the least.
In this context, an article by MediaBart published in September explained that France “has refrained from criticizing Haftar’s brutal and criminal methods, and has not condemned the ongoing violations of the arms embargo in favor of Haftar by the UAE, its distinguished partner in the Gulf, with the result that France is accused of double play. And double speech. “
Cairo and Tripoli
And recently, relations between Cairo and Tripoli have returned some warmth, as an Egyptian delegation visited Libya, a first step of its kind since 2014.
And on Monday, the Libyan Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohamed Al-Qeblawi, said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry discussed – in a phone call – with the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of National Accord, Muhammad al-Taher Siyala, to support stability in Libya.
The spokesman added that the Egyptian minister assured his Libyan counterpart the cooperation between the two sides, and praised the reception of the Egyptian delegation in Tripoli.
And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Libyan Government of National Accord announced that it had agreed with the Egyptian delegation to schedule bilateral meetings between experts, to remove obstacles and ensure appropriate conditions for the resumption of flights between the two countries.
The ministry said that the Egyptian delegation promised to reopen the Egyptian embassy and return to work from inside Tripoli as soon as possible.