18 March 2019 French FM Le Drian visits Libya and Tunisia

On 18 – 19 March, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Libya and Tunisia. On 18 March he met the Head of the Presidential Council of Libya Al-Serraj and the UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé. Le Drian expressed the support of his country to the UN-led peace process and added that “France is with the efforts of the UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salamé as they aim to unite state institutions and hold elections by the end of the year”. The situation in the south of the country was on the agenda of the meetings and Le Drian was rather positive on the developments stating that “significant progress has been achieved in the south of the country in the face of terrorist groups, organized criminals and armed foreign groups”. UN envoy Salamé thanked the Minister for France’ $1 million contribution for 3 UN projects in Libya. On 19 March, FM Le Drian met in Tunis the Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi. They spoke about the political situation in the region and the minister confirmed the important role of Tunisia in the resolution of the Libyan conflict. President Essebsi also expressed his commitment for a peaceful resolution of the conflict and both of them agreed on the importance that the meeting of the Arab League, scheduled in Tunis on 31 March, will have for the situation in the region.