Germany: Visit by Maas, Le Drian and Di Maio aims to boost peace and unity efforts in Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 25 Mar 2021, 05:46 PM
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Germany confirmed that the visit of Foreign Ministers Heiko Maas, Luigi Di Maio and Jean-Yves Le Drian to Libya was launched under the slogan "Together for a lasting peace," explaining that during their visit to Tripoli, the three ministers wanted to "advance the efforts of peace and unity in Libya with the newly elected Libyan government."

German Foreign Ministry said in a statement, "evidence suggests hope in Libya," noting that since October 2020 the country has acheived a ceasefire agreement, confidence-building measures and returned oil production. 

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, upon his arrival in Tripoli said that "the developments in Libya are one of the few bright spots in foreign policy last year. With the ratification by parliament of the unity government headed by Prime Minister Dabaiba and the peaceful handover of government affairs, the country has taken a decisive step forward." He stressed that his visit to Tripoli with French and Italian counterparts, aimed "to show our support for the new unity government for the next steps on this road."

However, the German statement noted that "much remains to be done on the path to lasting stability and peace in Libya," noting that "on the way from the current ceasefire to lasting peace and reunification of Libya, three steps are of particular importance".

The first of these steps, according to the German statement, is to "supply the population throughout the country, both medically and with humanitarian supplies. Then prepare for the country's elections announced for next December. And implement and monitor the ceasefire agreement - including the complete withdrawal of all foreign troops and fighters."

"Peace and progress in Libya are of paramount importance to the European Union," the statement said, explaining that "this is why the three foreign ministers will meet today with the prime minister of the Libyan transitional unity government, Abdulhamid Dabaibaa, Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush and other members of the government, in the presence of the UN special envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis. Talks with representatives of civil society are also planned.

"Compliance with the arms embargo imposed by the UN Security Council is an important pillar of peace efforts," the German Foreign Ministry said. "It is clear to Germany and its partner that the violations of the embargo must stop - because despite recent progress, weapons, war materials and fighters continue to reach Libya" and "both pressure from the international community and control are still required here."

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