GNA Foreign Ministry: European Foreign Ministers Visit to Tripoli Postponed – Al Marsad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), announced today the postponement of the visit by Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Germany, and Great Britain to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, which was scheduled for Tuesday, until further notice. 

[Libya, 6 January 2020] – The EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the four European foreign ministers were scheduled to meet with officials at the Tripoli-based GNA and the advisory High State Council, and some press reports referred to a meeting of the European delegation in Benghazi with the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Observers say that the request by the Government of National Accord (GNA) to postpone the European delegation’s visit to Tripoli aims at allowing ample time for the GNA forces to change the military situation on the ground to improve its negotiation position, particularly after the announcement made by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last night of the arrival of the first detachments of Turkish troops in Tripoli in support of the GNA and its aligned forces and armed groups.

The GNA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), confirmed that “the UN Security Council agreed to hold a closed session today, Monday, to discuss the Libyan file,” and called for “taking a firm stance against the aggression on the capital,” according to the statement.

Meanwhile the spokesman of the Libyan National Army (LNA) General Command, General Ahmed Al-Mesmari, told  reporters last night that the LNA General Command categorically denies any involvement of its units in targeting the Tripoli Military Academy.

© Al Marsad English (2020)