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Borrell has informed the Libyan Prime Minister of his concern about the Tripoli offensive

May 19, 2020

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, expressed concern to the internationally recognized Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj about the Jalifa Haftar rebel offensive in Tripoli that has led to the deaths of civilians in Tripoli in recent weeks, indiscriminate attacks on residential areas.

As reported by the High Representative’s office, both heads of state and government had a phone call on Monday regarding the escalation of violence in Libya at Serraj’s insistence that the EU denounce the Haftar offensive. “The High Representative expressed concern about the escalation around Tripoli and the increasing bombing of densely populated residential areas that have caused casualties and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation,” said a statement.

Borrell appreciated the willingness of the Serraj government to participate in the Berlin process and reiterated the need for those involved in the conflict to end hostilities, agree to a ceasefire and resume political negotiations for an agreed solution. In this way, the EU underscored its commitment to follow the efforts of the international conference, which brought together the main parties and their allies in the German capital at the end of January, and in a meeting where a road map was agreed. failed on both sides.

Borrell has informed the Libyan Prime Minister of his concern about the Tripoli offensive
Borrell has informed the Libyan Prime Minister of his concern about the Tripoli offensive

According to the Turkish state authority Anadolu, the Libyan leader expressed his displeasure at the lack of a concrete EU declaration on what he believed to be the war crimes committed by Haftar. “He informed Borrell that he was not satisfied with the EU because it was not taking a more precise and effective position on the matter,” the Libyan government said in a statement.