France, Germany, UK and Italy Meet in Brussels Today After Postponing Tripoli Visit – Al Marsad

According a report published in Reuters, the EU diplomats and the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Italy and Germany and Italy are planning to meet today in Brussels to discuss the Libya crisis after postponing their visit to Tripoli. 

A spokesman for Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union, said that talks will focus on securing a ceasefire in Tripoli.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) took over important city of Sirte, controlled by Tripoli-aligned forces since 2016. The forces aligned to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) withdrawn from Sirte early yesterday.

The EU talks were to have taken place originally in Tripoli today but EU diplomats said the GNA had asked for it to be postponed. Some Libya analysts said that the GNA wanted to buy more time to change its military situation with the assistance of Turkey.

According to Reuters, the EU and the United States fear being sidelined by Turkey and Russia, “who are taking a bigger role in the conflict in the North African state, which has been in disorder since Muammar Gaddafi’s fall to an uprising in 2011.”

It added that the EU “had hoped to send a diplomatic mission to Libya to train Libyan officials and build up institutions in support of the GNA, but that has been judged as too dangerous for now.”

Meanwhile, in response to the maritime demarcation MOU signed between Turkey and the GNA, the “French, Italian, Greek and Cypriot ministers are due in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss their next steps”.

© Al Marsad English (2020