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Macron Takes Aim at Libya Standoff With Paris Talks

  • Rivals Serraj and Haftar to meet at a chateau near Paris
  • French say goal is to find ‘guidelines’ for UN envoy Salame
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French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting Tuesday with the head of Libya’s United Nations-backed government and the North African oil producer’s powerful eastern-based military commander in the latest attempt to seek a solution to their standoff.

Macron’s office said the initiative is aimed at facilitating the work of UN special negotiator Ghassan Salame, who will also take part in the talks near Paris between Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and Khalifa Haftar, who leads the so-called Libyan National Army.