French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called for speaking with one voice and working together as Europeans "so that the future of Libya is not decided in Ankara or in Moscow," as he put it.
In an interview with the French newspaper Ouest France, Le Drain pointed out to his country's work with Germany on joint initiatives regarding the Libyan file, as Berlin takes over the European presidency at the present time. "We are committed to ensuring that Germany, Italy and France speak with one voice, as we work together as Europeans so that the future of Libya is not decided in Ankara or Moscow," he said.
"This European rapprochement is crucial, especially with the lack of commitment to the Berlin agreement in January, which called for a permanent cease-fire in Libya," he said, pointing to their efforts to make the players respect the full implementation of the arms embargo. He vowed to impose possible sanctions against all those who publicly violate it.
In a joint statement issued on Saturday evening in Brussels, Germany, France and Italy threatened to impose sanctions on countries violating the United Nations' arms embargo. "We are ready to impose sanctions on those who violate the ban by land, air or sea," said a joint statement issued by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Earlier in the day, Macron said he shared Merkel and Conte's serious concerns about escalating tensions in Libya. He added in a tweet "We are acting together for a ceasefire and an end to foreign interference. Our objective: security and stability of the country."