Stoltenberg, Borrel, and Salamé Brief the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Libya – Al Marsad

Given the rapidly evolving situation in Libya and the escalated tensions between Tehran and Washington in recent days, the EU Foreign Affairs Council officials have been briefed today, Friday, by the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, the UNSMIL’s head Ghassan Salamé, and the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.

[Libya, 10 January 2020] – “NATO’s message is that it supports the efforts of the United Nations Support Mission to Libya,” Stoltenberg said after today’s extraordinary meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council which convened in the wake of the accelerated developments in the Libyan situation as well as the dangerous escalation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States.

On the margins of the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s meeting in the Belgian capital, Brussels, EU officials were briefed today on the Libyan ongoing crisis by the UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé.

“The start of the year was a little bit complicated. The situation is very worrisome. I called this extraordinary meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in order to have strategic discussions with the 28 Member States about the recent developments in Iran, in Iraq and also in Libya,” the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell stated.

Borrell announced that he would have another conversation about Libya with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“I think we can have a broad analysis of the situation both with the Secretary General of NATO and with the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Mr Ghassan Salamé,” Borrel said in a press conference in Brussels today.

On the other hand, in a press conference following the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting, the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, today called on Iran to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation into the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752 plane bound for Kyiv, minutes after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran on Wednesday amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

© Al Marsad English (2020)