French and German ministers express "total support" for Libya unity government

Libya – Joint communiqué issued by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Minister of Foreign Affairs

Paris, 16 April 2016

M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German Minister of Foreign Affairs, went to Tripoli on 16 April 2016. They spoke to Mr Fayez Sarraj, Prime Minister of Libya, and members of the Presidential Council.

The German and French ministers paid tribute to the courage and determination of the Libyan Prime Minister and the members of the Presidential Council. Their arrival in Tripoli was a major step forward in the establishment of a government representing all segments of the Libyan population. The Libyan Prime Minister and the members of the Presidential Council have been entrusted with the hopes of the Libyan people, who want peace, unity, prosperity and the democratic promises of the 17 February Revolution fulfilled.

The ministers encouraged the Libyan Prime Minister and the members of the Presidential Council to swiftly play their rightful role heading all Libya’s public institutions and civilian and military security forces, to respond to the Libyan people’s many expectations. The ministers expressed Germany and France’s total support for Libya. They stated that their governments are determined to lend their complete support to the national unity government to help it re-establish security, fight terrorism and provide public services benefiting all Libyans.

The ministers called on all the Libyan parties and the political, economic and security leaders to act responsibly at this decisive moment for their country’s future by facilitating an immediate, peaceful transfer of power and fully supporting the national unity government. They welcomed the House of Representatives’ commitment to organize without delay a vote of confidence in the national unity government as a whole, as laid down in the inter-Libyan political agreement. They urged the House of Representatives, the Council of State and all Libya’s institutions to implement in full the inter-Libyan political agreement, which is the only way out of the political and security crisis in Libya.

Germany and France stand alongside the national unity government in Tripoli and would very much like to re-open their embassies there, as soon as the security conditions allow./.

Published on 19/04/2016

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