Interim Government of Libya Welcomes EU Operation “IRINI”

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Libya’s Interim Government praised efforts undertaken by the European Union to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Libya. These resolutions are based on enforcing an arms embargo on Libya, which continues to sustain the war in the country.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated that it believes there are states that still violate the arms embargo on Libya. The statement placed an emphasis on Turkey’s role in fuelling the conflict by supplying different armed groups in western Libya with weapons and military technology, as well as by sending Syrian fighters to Libya.

The Ministry’s statement also demanded that resolutions that call for the prevention of human trafficking be simultaneously implemented. It said that Libya would monitor trafficking routes alongside other countries, and seek to impose sanctions on individuals and entities that support trafficking and terrorism.

The Ministry also confirmed that it would continue its efforts to condemn Turkey’s intervention in Libya’s domestic affairs. Specifically, it said it would continue to work on lifting the arms embargo on the Libyan National Army (LNA) in order to grant them the right to obtain weapons by legitimate means to defend and protect the Libyan people.