Egypt and Malta Discuss Libya

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On Thursday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received a telephone call from his Maltese counterpart, Evarist Bartolo, during which the two discussed several international issues, including the most recent developments in Libya.

Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s position of reaching a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the Libyan crisis. He also called on EU members to intensify their efforts and take effective measures to stop foreign interference in Libya.

He claimed that Turkey’s intervention had resulted in dangerous repercussions on the security and stability of Libya and the eastern Mediterranean region.

Malta has formally given notice to the European Commission that it will no longer commit any military assets to the EU’s Operation ‘IRINI’.

The European Union launched Operation ‘IRINI’ on March 31, 2020. It succeeds Operation Sophia, which focused on rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to the EU, IRINI’s main objective is to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya through the use of maritime, aerial and satellite assets.