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France to host talks between Libyan PM al-Serraj, military leader Haftar

Paris (IINA) � France has said it will host talks on Tuesday between Fayez al-Serraj, head of Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli, and Khalifa Haftar, a powerful military commander in the divided country's east who has so far rejected Serraj's authority, Reuters reported.

During the talks, President Emmanuel Macron aims to show France's support for UN-backed efforts to stabilize the country, "which would be based upon the involvement of all the different factions in Libya," his office said in a statement.

Western governments are pushing a UN-backed political agreement to unify the country under which Serraj's government was installed. But Haftar, who this month declared victory over rival armed groups in the battle for Libya's second city Benghazi, has refused to accept the government's legitimacy.

The two men held their first talks in more than a year and a half in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in May, and this week's talks outside Paris were flagged last week in several media reports.

Source: International Islamic News Agency