France provided Libya with $100 million to push for holding elections, says Le Drian

French and Libyan Foreign Ministers in Tripoli (Photo: Internet)

France’s foreign minister visited Libya on Monday to encourage holding elections in the north African country later this year as part of a reconciliation agreement reached by the country’s main political rivals in Paris in May.

Jean-Yves Le Drian met with Fayez Serraj, the prime minister of the U.N.-backed government in the capital, Tripoli.

In a press conference with Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala, Le Drian said he will meet with Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, the commander of Libya’s self-styled national army, and the speaker of the country’s internationally-recognized parliament, Aqila Saleh.

He said France will provide $100 million in financial support through the U.N. to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on December 10.

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