French foreign minister to meet Libyan PM Friday in Tunis

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 17, 2016 10:49 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he plans to meet Libyan Prime Minister-designate Fayez Seraj on Friday to discuss the political situation in Libya and to seek a way forward for the strife-torn country.

"I will be meeting Monsieur Seraj," Ayrault told journalists traveling with him on a visit to Tunisia on Thursday.

Ayrault hopes to firm up security and economic ties with Tunis as the country struggles with rising Islamist militancy at home, fueled by Islamic State's growth in neighboring Libya, where other armed factions are also struggling for the upper hand.

(Reporting by Andrew Callus; editing by Michel Rose)