Libya Crisis bet. Paris initiative & Cairo role

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Khaled Fouad

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The French initiative is an attempt to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis based on the facts on the ground amid sharp differences between Libyan political leaders on the one hand and armed factions on the other. Also, the initiative reinstates the role of France as an international force responsible for the Libyan file.

This assessment tries to:

1) Highlight the objectives of the French initiative,

2) Discuss the possibility of its success in solving the Libyan crisis,

3) And explore the limits of the Egyptian regime’s role in the crisis.

First: France’s 25 July initiative

On 25 July 2017 in France’s La Celle Saint-Cloud at the invitation of President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron and in the presence of Ghassan Salamé, the special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya, it was announced that Fayez Al Serraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya, and Khalifa Haftar, commander of the so-called Libyan National Army have agreed to call a ceasefire and hold elections in Libya early next year…

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