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Macron, Sarraj hold talks at Elysee Palace ahead of int’l conf. on Libya

PARIS – 29 May 2018: French President Emmanuel Macron held a meeting on Tuesday with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj at the Élysée Palace ahead of the Paris-hosted conference on Libya.
The meeting was attended by Commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA) General Khalifa Haftar.
Libya's parliament speaker Aguila Saleh Issa and Khalid Al Mishri, the newly elected head of the High Council of State, are expected to participate in the conference.
Macron is scheduled to have a session of talks with Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia before the arrival of representatives from around 20 countries involved in the Libya crisis.
Presidential Assistant for National and Strategic Projects Ibrahim Mahlab leads Egypt's delegation to the meeting.
Four organizations, topped by the Arab League under its Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit, participate in the gathering.
The invitees also include Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou-Nguesso, who is the chairman of the AU's High Level Committee on Libya, President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou and Chadian President Idriss Deby.