LIBYA : FAYEZ AL-SARRAJ AND KHALIFA HAFTER WILL MEET IN PARIS




By Adel Tayari –TDO- (TUNUSIA) Libyan President Fayez Al-Sarraj and retired general Khalifa Hafer will hold talks on Tuesday (July 25th) in Paris under the auspices of France.  News agencies quoted on diplomatic sources, as saying that Khalifa Hafater was already in Paris and that Fayez Al-Seraj would soon arrive in the French capital.  A Libyan media website also quoted on Western diplomats as saying that the meeting could take place on Monday, July 24.

For reference, Fayez Al-Sarraj and Khalifa Hafer held talks in May 2017 in the United Arab Emirates for the first time in over a year and a half. The subject of those talks was an agreement supported by the United Nations Libya’s partners hope to end the factional fighting that has dominated the country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011. 

Fayez al-Sarraj called last week for parliamentary and presidential elections in March 2018 amid international efforts to end the conflict in the country. Especially that the previous elections held in the country in 2014 led to the formation of two governments and two parliaments in Tripoli and the east of Libya, both supported by alliances of armed groups.

The "national reconciliation" government was formed after a UN-brokered agreement in 2015. But the government has limited authority and is opposed by factions based in the east allied with military commander Khalifa Hafter strongly supported by the emirates and Egypt.