EU's Michel Vows Support To Libya's Interim Government
Muhammad Irfan 6 days ago Sun 04th April 2021 | 10:10 PM
Tripoli, April 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Apr, 2021 ) :European Council President Charles Michel offered support to Libya Sunday on a visit to Tripoli, as the North African nation seeks to end a decade of chaos following a NATO-backed 2011 revolt.
"We will work with the new government and support it," Michel said after meeting with interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who was selected in a UN-sponsored process to lead Libya to December 24 elections.
"The European Union actively supports the process of national reconciliation," Michel said.
"Economic recovery, elections, the fight against illegal immigration... are areas in which the EU can help." Oil-rich Libya has been torn by conflict since the toppling and killing of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.
Calls for them to depart have grown in recent weeks, and Michel urged "all mercenaries and foreign soldiers to quickly leave".
The country is also a major route for migrants trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean, and traffickers have thrived in the lawlessness that followed Kadhafi's overthrow.
Michel said migration was a "major theme" in the relationship between Libya and the EU.
France reopened its embassy in Libya last month, and next week Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to visit Tripoli to reopen the country's embassy there, in a visit coinciding with that of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
Michel said an EU ambassador would return to the Libyan capital in the coming weeks.