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EU calls for mercenaries’ departure, support for new Libyan government

The High Representative of the European Union (EU), Josep Borrell, underlined the importance of effective implementation of the Libyan ceasefire agreement, respect for the UN arms embargo, and withdrawal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, adding that all foreign military intervention is unacceptable.

Borrell said the European Union welcomed the agreement by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) on a transitional unified executive authority for Libya.

“This is an important milestone in the Berlin Process and on the way to lead the country towards national elections to be held on 24 December 2021.” He added in a statement on Sunday.

Borrell indicated that the EU was ready to work with the new Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammad Menfi, and the new Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, stressing the need for the swift formation of a new, inclusive government that will work for national reconciliation and unification of the country.

He also encouraged the House of Representatives to vote on the LPDF outcomes according to the timeline agreed in the roadmap adopted by the LPDF in Tunis in November 2020.

Borrell called on all relevant Libyan stakeholders across the country, and all members of the international community to show strong resolve in supporting the transitional unified executive authority in the interest of the stabilization of the country and national reconciliation, explaining that the EU would recall its instrument of sanctions against possible spoilers.

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