Conte to Sarraj: External Supply of Weapons Will Affect EU Security – Al Marsad

The President of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, received a phone call from the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during which they reviewed the latest developments in Libya and the bilateral relations between the two countries.

(Libya, 30 May 2020) – The two sides stressed the importance of coordination and consultation and welcomed the positive results in curbing the coronavirus pandemic while highlighting the need to maintain cooperation between the two countries to address the COVID-19 repercussions.

The Italian Prime Minister, however, expressed his country’s concern on the continued supply of weapons to Libya by external parties, considering this an escalation that fuels the conflict, prolongs the suffering of the Libyan people, and threatens Libya’s neighbors and EU security.

Conte stressed the need to return to the political track in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the outcomes of the Berlin Conference.

“Deciding Libya’s future should be by Libyans alone and not by external parties,” added Conte praising the GNA’s desire to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis.

In conclusion, the Italian Prime Minister stressed the importance of expediting the appointment of a new United Nations envoy in Libya to succeed Stephanie Williams and the need for the resumption of Libyan oil, which is the main source of income for the country.

© Al Marsad English (2020)

 

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