Bulgarian Foreign Minister: Syrian Fighters are Heading to Libya – Al Marsad

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva participated today in the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s extraordinary meeting on Libya in Brussels. Zaharieva, along with other foreign ministers of the European Union’s member states to exchange views and information on the current situation in Libya.

[Libya, 10 January 2020] – The Bulgarian Foreign Minister revealed that during the discussions chaired by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borell today, the EU foreign ministers focused on the support options the EU can provide to Libya, as well as the need to maintain the global coalition to continue the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The Bulgarian Foreign Minister expressed concerns about the relocation of the fighters of the Syrian armed opposition to Libya, stressing the need to find a peaceful resolution for the Libyan conflict away from foreign interference.

“Libya is in our backyard, there are currently 700-800,000 illegal migrants, although not everyone is willing to go to Europe,” Ekaterina Zaharieva argued. The Bulgarian Foreign Minister added that more and more Syrian fighters are heading to Libya. According to Zaharieva, it is imperative to start stabilizing Libya as soon as possible.

Zaharieva said that it was important for everyone to support the efforts of Germany to launch the Berlin process to settle the Libyan conflict, and enhance the role played by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to reach an agreement on a ceasefire and ensure respect for the arms embargo imposed by the Security Council’s Resolution 1970.

© Al Marsad English (2020)