Germany, France, Italy Threaten to Impose Sanctions on Foreign Interference in Libya


France, Germany, and Italy announced their willingness to consider the possibility of sanctions against foreign powers that violate the arms embargo on Libya, according to a joint statement issued by the leaders of the three countries on Saturday.

“We call on all foreign actors to cease their interference and respect the arms embargo established by the United Nations Security Council”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a joint statement.

“We are ready to consider the possible use of sanctions should breaches to the embargo at sea, on land or in the air continue,” the leaders said, adding they were looking forward to top European Union officials coming up with “proposals” for the restrictions.

French President Emmanuel Macron posted on Twitter, saying: “I share with Merkel and Conte serious concerns about the escalation of tensions in Libya.”

He said: “We are working together to end the ceasefire and stop foreign interference. Our goal is the security and stability of the country.”