EU Foreign Ministers and Pompeo Consider Libya’s Crisis Amid Growing Rifts – Al Marsad

The foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) Member States are holding a video conference on transatlantic issues today with the participation of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

(Libya, 15 June 2020) – According to the Italian Akipress news agency, the agenda of the meeting chaired by the EU High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, includes several topics on the relations with China, the situation in Libya, and developments in the peace process in the Middle East.

The Libyan issue occupies a prominent place on the agenda. The meeting will discuss strengthening cooperation to increase the efficiency of the EU’s maritime Operation IRINI geared to controlling arms ban and oil smuggling to and from Libya.

Video conference on transatlantic issues in session.

Yesterday the French President Emmanuel Macron described Turkey’s policy in Libya as “aggressive” and that it could not be allowed, noting that Turkey is deploying seven warships off Libya’s coast and openly violating the arms embargo, abusing its NATO membership.

An informed European source said that the Euro-Atlantic cooperation to maintain security and stability in the EU’s countries and beyond is not novel, saying: “We cooperate concerning our operations and missions in the world and IRINI is no exception,” as he put it.

The source emphasized that the Euro-Atlantic cooperation on IRINI does not relate to the latest developments, implying the refusal of Turkish ships to undergo inspection by IRINI crews off the Libyan coast several days ago.

© Al Marsad English (2020)



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