Libya’s rivals to meet. Any progress?

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and commander Khalifa Haftar are going to meet this in Paris. Do you think such discussions (if it happened)  might lead to some solution for Libya, what both sides want to gain out of  such talks? Read few comments.

Patrick Bury, Military and security AnalystAuthor of  Book Callsign Hades

It’s a step in the right direction, but you have to remember that both the Serraj govt and the eastern bloc are badly divided, reflecting the highly fragmented political and, more importantly, security space. Even if Haftar cuts a deal, there will be some on that sides that reject it, and the same applies to Serraj. So you’re going to have continuing insecurity either way, at least in the short-medium term.

Francesco StrazzariSenior Research Fellow, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Associate Professor of International Relations, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa

There is a certain acrimony in media comments in Italy about the fact that Paris first took the lead in messing up Libya without a plan, then Italy pays much of the price of it in terms of migrants, French borders sealed to them, and political workload behind the scene to ensure a multilateral management of the process of convergence in Libya, and now France accelerates and reaps the fruit of international visibility by organizing this important meeting in Paris. I guess Italy’s MFA Alfano, who last week announced in Agrigento (his own political basin) an airport for relaunching business with Libya, is a target of criticism for not being able to keep centerstage.


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