The EU’s top diplomat and the foreign ministers of France, Germany, the U.K. and Italy on Tuesday called on Turkey to stop interfering in Libya.
POLITICO reports that in a joint statement following a meeting at the Brussels HQ of the European External Action Service, the ministers and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said “continuing outside interference is fuelling the crisis” in the North African country. “The more the Libyan warring parties rely on foreign military assistance, the more they give external actors undue influence on sovereign Libyan decisions.”
In a short press conference after Tuesday’s meeting, Borrell said that “external interference has been increasing in the last days” and when pressed on who he was referring to, answered “I’m making reference to the interference of Turkey.”
The four EU ministers and Borrell were supposed to meet in Tripoli but for security reasons held their talks in Brussels. Diplomats said the Europeans want to sit down with both sides in Libya and try to work out a political solution to the conflict (a summit on Libya in Berlin is expected to be held later this month).
“There is still a lot of work to be done. And that is why we have agreed that, as of tomorrow, talks will also be held with the parties in Libya in order to create the conditions for a political solution to be found,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters after the meeting.
Libya will be discussed on Friday at an extraordinary meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers called to discuss the situation in Iran and Iraq after the U.S killing of a top Ir