The French Ambassador: I Arrived in Tripoli to Reopen the French Embassy – Al Marsad

The French Ambassador to Libya, Béatrice Le Fraper du Hellen, announced today the reopening of its Embassy in Tripoli and affirmed her determination to work with full force to strengthen French-Libyan relations. She said these days were busy and very important days for strong bilateral relations between both nations.

(LIBYA, 29 March 2021) – The French ambassador to Libya, Béatrice Le Fraper du Hellen, in an exclusive statement to the Libyan News Agency said: “I arrived in Tripoli today to reopen the French embassy in Libya, and I am determined to work with all full force to strengthen relations with the Libyan authorities and the Libyan people.”

Following the visit of the head of the Presidency Council, Mohamed al-Menfi, and his deputy, Musa al-Koni, to France to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, Ambassador Béatrice du Hellen described the bilateral relations between Tripoli and Paris as “very advanced and distinguished.” She added, “These days are full and important with regard to French-Libyan bilateral relations.”

Presidency Council members Mohamed al-Menfi and Musa al-Koni with French President Emmanuel Macron.

She also said that “we were honored to invite Mohamed al-Menfi, head of the Presidential Council and Vice President of the Council, Musa Al-Koni, to France as the first stop in their visit abroad.” She said the talks at the Élysée Palace with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, provided the opportunity to emphasize consensus on viewpoints, especially with regard to issues such as security in the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Sahel.

She elaborated that the official visit of the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, to Tripoli with his German and Italian counterparts came to confirm to Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbaiba and Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush full European support for the Government of National Unity (GNU)

Ambassador Béatrice du Hellen noted that Le Drian’s statement during this visit clearly confirmed that the European Union (EU) stands with the new executive authority and will continue its support for democratic transformation in Libya that will lead to elections as scheduled for 24 December 2021.

She added that Le Drian’s statement also confirmed the importance of the implementation of a complete ceasefire, including the departure of all foreign fighters from the Libyan soil, which was of fundamental importance for the country.

French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, meeting Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush

Ambassador Béatrice du Hellen said that during these meetings the French authorities renewed their support for Libya to find permanent stability, unity and sovereignty, and also France’s determination to stand by the Libyan people in its battle against Coronavirus epidemic.