December 21, 2017 / 3:46 PM / a year ago

France tells eastern Libyan military commander to respect U.N. talks

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, Libya, December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - France told eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar he needed to respect the U.N. peace process to stabilize the oil producer, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.

“I said there is no alternative (to the U.N. plan) for you,” Le Drian told reporters after meeting Haftar in Benghazi. “You need to put yourself at the service of your country.”

Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Alison Williams

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