PARIS (Reuters) – France will reopen its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli next Monday to show its support for the new authorities in the North African country, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.
Libya’s new unity government took office on March 16 from two warring administrations that had ruled the eastern and western regions, completing a smooth transition of power after a decade of violent chaos.
“We will do everything in our power to defend this agenda of sovereignty and stability,” Macron said alongside Mohammed al-Menfi, the head of the Libyan presidency council.
“On Monday, our embassy in Tripoli will reopen and our ambassador will be back on your territory,” he said.
Paris closed its embassy after evacuating around 50 French and British nationals after fighting erupted in Tripoli in July 2014, and based its ambassador in Tunis.
Menfi was making his first visit abroad since taking office.
Macron said France and its European partners were united in supporting the efforts of the new authorities to maintain a ceasefire, unify the national army and financial institutions and work for elections scheduled for the end of the year. .
He also said it was imperative that foreign forces and fighters leave Libya.
“Turkish and Russian combat forces and foreign fighters imported by these countries or others must leave as quickly as possible because only a unified Libyan army can secure Libya,” he said.