Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the situation in Libya today with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.
Ortagus said that they discussed â€œsteps to reduce violence and advance a negotiated political solution to end the conflict in Libya.â€
Why it matters: The UN-backed Libyan Government of National Accord and forces led by strongman Khalifa Hifterâ€™s self-styled Libya National Army agreed to resume cease-fire negotiations today. Hifter launched an ongoing offensive against Tripoli, the seat of the Government of National Accord, more than a year ago. While France formally backs the UN negotiations, it has reportedly provided clandestine support to Hifter. The United Arab Emirates and Russia are also backing Hifterâ€™s forces, while Turkey is supporting the Government of National Accord.
Whatâ€™s next: The Government of National Accord has made significant advances against Hifterâ€™s militias in recent months, prompting him to reevaluate his strategy after pulling troops from the front lines near Tripoli.
Know more: The United States is considering dispatching troops to Tunisia to help contain the fallout from the Libya conflict, Pentagon Correspondent Jared Szuba reports.