Paris hosts international conference to support elections in Libya

Sami Hegazi
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French President Emmanuel Macron will organize an international conference on Libya on Friday in Paris to give a final “push” to the 24 December elections, which remain in doubt against the backdrop of renewed tension between the two competing camps in the country.

The French presidency stated that “the elections are at hand… there is a strong movement working in Libya until they are held… and the country’s stability depends on it.”

It added, “But the idlers are waiting for it, trying to derail the process,” according to AFP.

It stressed that it is necessary to “make the electoral process irreversible to ensure respect for the election result”, before the expected presidential elections on 24 December and the legislative elections that are scheduled for a month later.

The French media sees these elections as “the fruit of a difficult political process that took place under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), and is supposed to lead to the end of the chaos that Libya witnessed for a decade and to an end to the divisions and conflicts between the camps in the west and east of the country.”

The French media added that holding the elections appears to be unresolved, in light of an “unstable political environment and differences that still exist, especially over the election schedule, in a security framework that is still fragile.”

France, Germany, Italy, the United Nations and Libya will co-chair the conference, while the Elysee Palace announced that officials from the majority of countries involved in or resolving the Libyan crisis, including US Vice President Kamala Harris and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will attend the conference, without giving a detailed list,

Meanwhile, Russia will be represented by Its foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, as explained by Moscow, while Turkey did not specify the level of its representation.

It is not yet known; The level of representation of Libya, where the Prime Minister of the Interim Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, has not yet confirmed his presence there, on the other hand, it is expected that the President of the Presidential Council, Muhammad Al-Manfi, will attend Paris conference .

 “We have sent two invitations to the two, and we are holding talks with them,” the Elysee Palace said. So far, there is no problem.”

There will be representation for Tunisia, Niger, and Chad, which are three neighboring countries affected by the repercussions of the Libyan crisis, especially the smuggling of weapons and mercenaries.

On the other hand, Algeria, whose relations with France are witnessing a diplomatic crisis over the memory of colonialism, did not confirm its participation.

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