Borrell: Libya Remains Top Priority for EU


On Monday, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said that he has met with the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, and cabinet members in Tripoli.

During the meeting, Borrell said that they discussed ways to advance the political process, return to the 5+5 military committee talks, and to lift the oil blockade. “The EU strongly supports the Berlin process’ mediation efforts, and de-escalation measures, including the arms embargo. These are key elements to bring the Libyan conflict to an end,” Borrell tweeted.

He confirmed that Libya remains a top priority for the EU. “We welcome the recent ceasefire agreement, and continue to support dialogue and a Libyan-led political resolution,” he added.

Last week, protesters rallied in the streets of Tripoli, to demonstrate against deteriorating living conditions, and corruption. The protesters demanded that the GNA be replaced, over the country’s poor situation, which they called a “slow death” due to collapsing public services, corruption and economic pressures.

On their way to Tripoli’s Martyrs Square, the protesters were shot at by security forces.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), called for an immediate and thorough investigation into the incident.

On Friday, the GNA decided to suspend the Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha, from his duties. It ordered an investigation over his handling of demonstrations, and his failure to protect protesters from a violent crackdown.