U.S. Calls For Halt of Arms Flow To Libya, Says It Is Working Closely With European Partners to Restart Peace Talks


On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the need to stop arms supplies to Libya and have the warring parties engage in peaceful talks.

Speaking to reporters, Pompeo said that the United States was working with its European partners to try and restart peace talks between the Libyan factions. He voiced his hopes of reaching a political resolution to end the crisis in Libya.

Pompeo recalled the outcomes of the Berlin Conference held in January 2020, during which international actors involved in Libya agreed to help bring an end to the fighting and halt the flow of arms into the country in order to assist a political solution that would resolve the Libyan crisis and achieve a stable, peaceful situation in Tripoli and in Libya more broadly.

On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump held a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron,during which the two discussed the latest developments in Libya.

In a statement, the White House said that the two leaders agreed on the urgent need for a ceasefire and for the rapid resumption of negotiations by the parties.

During the talks, Trump and Macron reiterated that military escalation on all sides must stop immediately in order to prevent the conflict from becoming even more difficult and intractable.