France to Play ‘An Active Role to Stop the Flow of Arms to Libya’

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The Spokesperson for the French Foreign Ministry welcomed the launch of the EU’s new operation IRINI whose goal is to stem the flow of arms into Libya. The Ministry indicated that Paris would play ‘an active role’ in the operation by contributing naval and air assets in order to implement the UN arms embargo in Libya.

In a press conference, the spokesperson explained that this operation confirms Europe’s commitment to work together to enhance regional security. He pointed out that the EU is working, through the new mission, to enforce the arms embargo on Libya and impede foreign interference in the Libyan conflict.

According to the statement, the French Foreign Ministry called on Libyan parties to put their differences aside and implement a ceasefire in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The spokesperson said that the pandemic amplifies the need to resume political dialogue sponsored by the UN, with the cooperation of Libya’s neighboring countries and the African Union (AU).