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France, Germany, Italy threaten sanctions against foreign intervention in Libya

France, Germany and Italy said on Saturday they were prepared to impose sanctions on foreign powers violating the arms embargo in Libya.

“We call on all foreign actors to cease their interference and respect the arms embargo established by the United Nations Security Council”, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte said in a joint statement.

They said they are “ready to consider the possible use of sanctions if the violations of the embargo on the sea, on land and in the air continue”.

This announcement came as they met in Brussels to discuss the Coronavirus recovery package.

The three European leaders also called “on all parties in Libya, as well as their foreign backers, for an immediate end to the fighting”.

Macron, Merkel, and Conte expressed as well “serious concerns” at “the increase in military tensions in the country”.

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