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France's Macron says working for new Libya meeting to solve crisis

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France - Stage 17 - Grenoble to Meribel Col De La Loze - France - September 16, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron is seen REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s president said on Tuesday he wanted to gather together all of Libya’s neighbours to help find a solution to the country’s conflict.

“This is the initiative that France wishes to lead in the coming weeks in conjunction with the Secretary General of the United Nations: bringing together all the neighbouring countries to help bring about the Libyan solution. This re-engagement of the Libyan neighbourhood is essential in the long-term,” Emmanuel Macron said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly.

He did not name which countries he wanted to involve in the talks or elaborate on the details.

Reporting by John Irish and Michel Rose; Editing by Alison Williams