Earlier this week the French Defence Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, warned of the possible impact that the fall of Sirte might have on neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt, as militants are displaced or return home. The security situation in Libya remains very precarious, and kidnap and ransom has blossomed in the security vacuum.
From Tunisia Live –
French Defense Minister: Sirte’s Fall Poses Risk to Tunisia and Egypt
Speaking yesterday at the University of Defense, in the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, Defense Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian said, “We must begin to seriously tackle the question of dispersal of terrorists,” Le Drian continued his comments, calling for a unified strategy between all of Libya’s neighbors, (including France) to prevent the flow of militants from the region following the final fall of Sirte. However, Le Drian noted, due to a variety of political considerations, that strategy was looking increasingly unlikely.
Specifically, Le Drian warned, “What will happen tomorrow may indirectly present new risks for Tunisia and Egypt.”
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