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French Defense Minister : There will only be political solution in Libya

Published the:  09/06/2015

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Tuesday, 09 June 2015 - TAP - "There will only be a political solution in Libya," French Defense Minister Jean Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday, adding that the United Nations Special Representative and Head of the Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Léon is holding consultations today and tomorrow in Berlin to reach a political solution before Ramadan.

Speaking after his meeting, Tuesday in Tunis, with Prime Minister Habib Essid, the French Minister said "those who advocate a military solution in Libya are only encouraging Daesh which is just looking for that."

Le Drian, who has participated since Monday in the meeting of the 5+5 Initiative of Defence Ministers of the two shores of the Mediterranean, said his meeting with the PM focused on the two countries' concern about the rise of terrorism, namely in Libya and risks related to the increase of illegal immigration across the Mediterranean.

He reiterated France's full support to Tunisia, particularly during this reconstruction period.

The meeting also turned on ways to develop the bilateral military co-operation as "the two countries are facing serious threats and significant challenges," he noted.