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France's Macron eyes special centres in Libya to handle asylum requests

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PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that he was hoping to set up so-called “hot spots” to handle asylum requests in Libya, which has seen thousands flee fighting in the country. Earlier this week, Macron chaired talks between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country’s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. At those talks, the two Libyans committed to a conditional ceasefire and to work towards holding elections next spring. Macron wants France to play a bigger role in coaxing Libya’s factions to end the turmoil that has allowed Islamist militants to gain a foothold and migrant smugglers to flourish in the absence of a strong central government.

(Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Marine Pennetier; Editing by Leigh Thomas)
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