France will reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, next Monday.
French President Emmanuel Macron revealed this when he received the new president and vice-president of the Libyan Presidential Council at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday.
The gesture signifies support for the interim government.
“From Monday, our embassy in Tripoli will reopen, and our ambassador, who has never stopped working to get there, will tread your soil to put in place everything we have spoken with you,” said the French president.
Macron added that the priority was to lead the country towards the December elections.
He also said that France and its allies will ensure that all foreign fighters, especially those from Russia and Turkey, leave Libya “as soon as possible”.
“We don’t just support you with words and it’s not a showcase – France’s support will be total. First, because we are indebted to Libya and the Libyans. It’s very clear. A decade of disorder, ”Macron said.
Mohammad Younes Menfi and Musa al-Koni, president and vice-president of the Presidential Council of Libya, lead the interim government.
The three-member presidential council and a cabinet seized power under global pressure to implement a UN-backed political roadmap.
This roadmap, approved by a Libyan political forum chosen by the UN last year, fixed on December 24 general elections in this oil-rich North African country.
Libya was plunged into chaos when an uprising in 2011 toppled longtime leader Moamer Kadhafi. Gaddafi was later killed, with the support of a Western military operation initially led by France.
Earlier this month, the UN Security Council called on countries with troops and mercenaries in Libya to withdraw them “without delay”.
The UN estimated that there were 20,000 foreign fighters in Libya, including Syrians, Turks, Sudanese and Russians brought to the country by rival sides.