EU, foreign ministers call for Libya truce – POLITICO


German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas | Filip Singer/Getty Images

Germany, France, Italy and the EU urge all sides to ‘unite their efforts to face the common enemy … the current pandemic.’

The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy and the EU’s foreign policy chief issued a joint statement Saturday calling for a humanitarian truce in Libya.

The EU’s Josep Borrell, Germany’s Heiko Maas, France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian and Italy’s Luigi Di Maio urged “all Libyan actors to get inspired by the spirit of the Holy Ramadan and engage in resuming talks for a genuine cease-fire.”

In January, the German government brokered a truce, at least between the various international backers of the two sides in Libya. Despite that, there has been fierce fighting between the U.N.-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the strongman of the east of the country, Khalifa Haftar.

The three foreign ministers and Borrell asked the parties in Libya to “unite their efforts to face the common enemy … the current pandemic.”





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