Libya’s rival leaders due in Paris for talks

PARIS: The heads of the opposing sides in Libya’s crisis are planning to meet in Paris on Tuesday for talks to find a way out of the impasse, according to reports.
Khalifa Haftar, who controls the east of the oil-rich country, and the head of the UN-backed government Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj are expected to hold discussions under the auspices of French President Emmanuel Macron, according to France’s JDD newspaper on Sunday.
The report said Ghassam Salame, the newly appointed UN envoy for Libya, had confirmed the meeting would take place. Salame declined to comment when contacted.
Macron’s office did not confirm or deny that a meeting in the French capital was planned.
It would be the second talks between Sarraj and Haftar in three months after they met in Abu Dhabi in May. Sarraj this month laid out a new roadmap for his country, including scheduling of presidential and parliamentary elections in March 2018.