EU Foreign Ministers to Discuss Situation in Libya


Foreign Ministers of EU member states will hold a video conference on Wednesday to discuss the situation in Libya in light of recent escalations between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA).

The conference will focus on the abysmal humanitarian situation and the potential for EU assistance aimed to help stabilize the country, including through the deployment of the EUNAVFOR MED ‘IRINI’ operation.

The meeting’s agenda will also include discussions on the illegal entering of Greek airspace by the Turkish Air Force, as well as activities in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone.

The reform process in Ukraine and recent developments in Afghanistan following the signing of the US-Taliban peace agreement are also on the agenda.

Finally, there will be talks on EU assistance for Eastern European countries and the southern Caucasus, members of the Eastern Partnership, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EU has recently agreed to launch a new naval operation in the Mediterranean, Operation IRINI, which will contribute to the implementation of the UN arms embargo on Libya with aerial, satellite and maritime assets. The launch of the EU-led operation was postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The United Nations has warned of the intensive hostilities between the two warring parties in Libya and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the North African country during the recent surge in fighting.