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France: Le Drian calls on 'political solution' for Libya at G7 meeting closing02:50

France: Le Drian calls on 'political solution' for Libya at G7 meeting closing

France, Dinard
April 6, 2019 at 17:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian admitted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran were still dividing issues among G7 members, while delivering his final remarks at the end of the two-day G7 meeting of Foreign Ministers in Dinard, Saturday.

"On two particular subjects, the situation in the Middle East, specifically the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the one hand and then our appreciation of the method to be used in terms of our relations to Iran, we have well know diversions, but that shouldn't stop us from saying that we do agree on the rest," Dinard said.

Dinard said G7 members states reached common ground on issues such as drug trafficking, Africa's troubled Sahel region, cybercrime and sexual violence against women in conflict zones, especially in Africa.

Talking about the current situation in war-torn Lybia, Le Drian ruled out a military solution and stressed that the parties should work towards a political outcome.

"The current situation needs to halt. And different players need to restrain themselves. And initiatives taken by the UN and their special envoy Mr Salame, and the Secretary General, who was in Libya when there was this sudden military onslaught, this process needs to be completed, this is what France wishes, this is what the members of the G7 wish as well and it is also what Italy wants, France and Italy are on the same page here," he stated.

Dinard also mentioned the ongoing Brexit process and clarified that the EU will not "exhaust itself" awaiting for the British parliament to overcome a domestic policy crisis.

France: Le Drian calls on 'political solution' for Libya at G7 meeting closing02:50
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian admitted the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran were still dividing issues among G7 members, while delivering his final remarks at the end of the two-day G7 meeting of Foreign Ministers in Dinard, Saturday.

"On two particular subjects, the situation in the Middle East, specifically the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the one hand and then our appreciation of the method to be used in terms of our relations to Iran, we have well know diversions, but that shouldn't stop us from saying that we do agree on the rest," Dinard said.

Dinard said G7 members states reached common ground on issues such as drug trafficking, Africa's troubled Sahel region, cybercrime and sexual violence against women in conflict zones, especially in Africa.

Talking about the current situation in war-torn Lybia, Le Drian ruled out a military solution and stressed that the parties should work towards a political outcome.

"The current situation needs to halt. And different players need to restrain themselves. And initiatives taken by the UN and their special envoy Mr Salame, and the Secretary General, who was in Libya when there was this sudden military onslaught, this process needs to be completed, this is what France wishes, this is what the members of the G7 wish as well and it is also what Italy wants, France and Italy are on the same page here," he stated.

Dinard also mentioned the ongoing Brexit process and clarified that the EU will not "exhaust itself" awaiting for the British parliament to overcome a domestic policy crisis.