March 17, 2016 / 2:53 PM / 2 years ago

French foreign minister to meet Libyan PM Friday in Tunis

PARIS (Reuters) - French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he plans to meet Libyan Prime Minister-designate Fayez Seraj on Friday to discuss the political situation in Libya and to seek a way forward for the strife-torn country.

French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

“I will be meeting Monsieur Seraj,” Ayrault told journalists traveling with him on a visit to Tunisia on Thursday.

Ayrault hopes to firm up security and economic ties with Tunis as the country struggles with rising Islamist militancy at home, fueled by Islamic State’s growth in neighboring Libya, where other armed factions are also struggling for the upper hand.

Reporting by Andrew Callus; editing by Michel Rose

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