- Title: Macron, Libyan PM and military leader meet for talks in France
- Date: 25th July 2017
- Summary: LA CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD, FRANCE (JULY 25, 2017) (AGENCY POOL) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** EXTERIOR OF TALKS VENUE LIBYAN GENERAL AND COMMANDER IN EAST OF COUNTRY, KHALIFA HAFTAR, ARRIVING, GREETED BY FRENCH PRESIDENCY OFFICIAL, FREDERIC BILLET VARIOUS OF TALKS BETWEEN FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON, AND HAFTAR IN PROGRESS HAFTAR, MACRON AND LIBYAN PRIME MINISTER, FAYEZ AL-SERRAJ, WALKING INTO MEETING ROOM OFFICIALS SITTING DOWN IN MEETING MACRON SEATED HAFTAR AND SERRAJ / MACRON LEBANESE ACADEMIC, GHASSAN SALAME, AT MEETING OFFICIALS AT MEETING
- Embargoed: 8th August 2017 16:11
- Keywords: Libya talks France Macron Haftar Serraj general
- Location: LA CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD, FRANCE
- City: LA CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016R7V687
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- Story Text: French President Emmanuel Macron held talks between the head of Libya's U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, Fayez al-Serraj, and Khalifa Haftar, a powerful military commander in the divided country's east, outside Paris on Tuesday (July 25).
According to a draft statement sent in error, the French presidency hopes they will agree on a conditional ceasefire and to work towards elections.
The oil-producing country has been mired in chaos and fighting since rebels toppled strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Western governments are pushing a U.N.-backed political agreement to unify the country under which Serraj's government was installed.
But Haftar, who this month declared victory over rival armed groups in the battle for Libya's second city Benghazi, has refused to accept the government's legitimacy.
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