May 7, 2019 / 2:47 PM / 2 months ago

Amid tensions with France, Libya's Serraj to meet Macron on Wednesday

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron stands between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj (L), and General Khalifa Haftar (R), commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA), who shake hands after talks over a political deal to help end Libya’s crisis in La Celle-Saint-Cloud near Paris, France, July 25, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

PARIS, (Reuters) - U.N.-backed Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj will meet President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday, a French official said, at a time Serraj’s administration is unhappy about Paris’s perceived support for eastern commander Khalifa Haftar.

“France supports Prime Minister Serraj. We were opposed to this Haftar offensive,” said the source. “The question is not to seek a scapegoat, but to know what to do in this complicated situation.”

The source said Paris, Rome, Berlin and London had coordinated this week on organising Serraj’s visits across Europe as part of efforts to speak with one voice in finding a solution to the crisis, including a ceasefire.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey; writing by John Irish

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