French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is received by east Libyan government air force commander Saqr Al-Jaroushi at Benina airport near Benghazi, Libya, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori
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Libya's rival factions should stick to a United Nations peace process and prepare for elections in spring 2018, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday, trying to give stalled U.N. talks a new push.The United Nations launched a new round of talks in September in Tunis between the rival factions to prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018, but they broke off after one month.Le Drian said he told Haftar he he needed to respect the U.N. peace process to stabilize the oil producer.The U.N. talks had stumbled over the question of what role Haftar should play.
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