The website of the American newspaper, Politico, said that it had “viewed a French plan discussed by French President Emmanuel Macron with US Presidents Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to remove foreign fighters from Libya.”
The website quoted officials as saying that Macron discussed the plan with Biden last Saturday, at the G7 meeting in Britain, and with Erdogan last Monday on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.
The plan – which includes a 6-month timetable and is implemented in 3 phases – proposes that Turkey, in the first stage, withdraw the Syrian militants it sent to Libya in 2020, when the Tripoli government requested assistance in countering the attack of Haftar’s forces on July 1.
Politico pointed out that the implementation of this stage will be difficult because it equates the Turkish forces that were invited to the country by an internationally recognized government, and the special militias linked to Russia and present in Libya illegally.
The website indicated that the third phase of the plan includes the reunification of the Libyan security forces.
Politico confirmed that the Biden administration did not say whether it supported the latest French proposal, and did not indicate if Biden would discuss the plan with Erdogan or Russian President Vladimir Putin, but US officials acknowledged that they were working to secure the withdrawal of foreign fighters from Libya.
A senior US administration official said, in statements to Politico, that “his country is consulting with a group of Libyan and international partners, to urge full respect for the ceasefire agreement, and to call for the departure of foreign forces.”