January 19, 2020 / 3:30 PM / a month ago

France's Macron says presence of foreign fighters in Libya must end immediately

PARIS, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The presence of Syrian and other foreign forces in Tripoli must end immediately, French President Emmanuel Macron will say in a speech to be delivered to a Libya peace conference on Sunday.

The United Nations should negotiate truce terms in Libya without either of the warring parties setting pre-conditions, Macron said in the speech seen by Reuters.

The speech makes no mention of an advance towards Tripoli by eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar or a halt in oil output.

Reporting by Michel Rose and John Irish Writing by Gus Trompiz Editing by David Goodman

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