After a seven year closure, France reopened its embassy in Tripoli, Libya’s capital on Monday, in a show of support for the country’s new unity government.
The embassy was closed as the country descended into a civil war in July 2014.
France had announced that it would reopen its embassy in Libya’s capital Tripoli and demanded the immediate withdrawal of foreign fighters.
The announcement, which came a week after Libya’s new interim government took office, was made after Mohammad Younes Menfi, the new head of Libya’s Presidential Council, and the council’s vice president Musa al-Koni met with President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in their first official overseas visit.
President Macron said France owed “a debt to Libya and the Libyans for a decade of disorder” – a reference to the 10 years of turmoil and violence that followed the fall of Gaddafi in 2011.
Macron was speaking after a meeting in Paris with Mohammad Younes Menfi, the head of Libya’s presidential council.
He promised France’s “full support” to the country’s transitional government, which took over earlier this month from two rival administrations that ruled Libya’s eastern and western regions.