| 15 July 2024, Monday |

European Union urges Libyan leaders to ‘end transitional phase’

The European Union urged Libya’s leaders on Thursday to end the “transitional phase” and overcome the country’s crisis.

Meanwhile, tribal leaders, during a meeting held in the city of Misurata, rejected the proposal to form a new government, and demanded that parliamentary elections be held first.

Jose Sabadell, the EU ambassador to Libya emphasized the European strategy towards resolving the Libyan crisis.

Sabadell met with Libyan leaders, prior to the end of his tenure in the country.

“I had the privilege to be received yesterday by the Prime Minister to say goodbye as EU Ambassador to Libya. I was very fortunate to attend the ceremony of his swearing in at the House of Representatives in Tobruk in March 2021,” he wrote on X social platform, previously Twitter.

He added: “The difficult regional situation makes it even more urgent to reinforce stability by consolidating positive trends, avoiding returns to the past, and ending the transitional period through elections.”

He also underlined the EU’s continued readiness to support Libya, pointing to the need to increase cooperation with the country, especially in the issue of irregular migration.

Sabadell met with Abdul Hamid al-Dbeibeh, head of the interim National Unity government on Thursday. He also held talks with Mohammad al-Menfi, Chairman of the Presidential Council, on Wednesday evening.

During his meeting with Abdullah Al-Lafi, a deputy in the Presidential Council, Sabadell called for a “historic settlement” regarding the future of Libya, as the “only path” for a comprehensive solution to the current crisis.

He added that national reconciliation was the only means to reach a solution in the country.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat