After a series of meetings with Libyan officials including Khalifa Haftar and Fayez al-Saraj, French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that there is a potential breakthrough in resolving the crisis in Libya.
Weeks following the Abu Dhabi Meeting that brought together the Libyan leaders, in an attempt to find a solution for the political deadlock that is affecting the country, the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, stated that a potential breakthrough is developing between senior officials in Libya.
The remarks came after a meeting between the French Foreign Minister and Libyan leaders, notably the head of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, and the Head of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj.
While details of this development are yet to surface, this statement reveals that the Abu Dhabi meeting, and the tripartite meeting held in Cairo between Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt to discuss the Libyan situation, have been successful in pushing for an end to the political deadlock.
Following his meeting with the Libyan leaders, Le Drian also met with the head of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United National to Libya, Ghassan Salame, in which he discussed the preparations being done for the National Forum that is scheduled to take place next week.
During the meeting, Le Drian expressed his fears that the Forum will be postponed due to the absence of a date and location for the event to take place. However, one day after the meeting, Salame held a press conference, announcing that the National Forum would be held in the city of Ghadames on the 14th, 15th and 16th of April next month.
The scheduling of the National Forum itself is an essential step towards political reconciliation as the discussion that will be taking place will address the next Libyan elections and the method in which it will be carried out.
While the success or failure of this forum is yet to be seen, the agreement by all political parties to participate in the meeting shows that there might be a positive development in ending the political deadlock that begun in 2015 after the government split into the east-based Tobruk Government and the west-based Tripoli Government.