The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI/European Interest – Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, visited Libya today to inaugurate the premises of the European Union Delegation to Libya and the EU Border Assistance Mission in Tripoli, and in view of the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday where the situation in Libya is on the agenda.
During her visit, Federica Mogherini met with Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, accompanied by the Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ghassan Salamé, representatives of UN agencies – IOM, UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF – and some of the beneficiaries of EU financed projects.
In her meetings, Mogherini discussed the EU’s support to the country and the most effective ways to further strengthen it. She also addressed the most recent developments in Libya, including in the Oil Crescent. High Representative Mogherini restated the European Union’s support for the Libyan political process, in the framework provided by the United Nations, including preparations for elections. She stressed the need to prepare elections on a solid legal and constitutional basis, and the need that the results are accepted by all. Mogherini discussed during the meetings the support the EU is already providing for the preparation of elections and the additional assistance it is ready to mobilise to accompany this process.
Federica Mogherini discussed with Prime Minister Sarraj the EU’s training of the Libyan coast guard through Operation Sophia, and the cooperation through EUBAM in supporting the authorities to manage the land borders, particularly in the South, also in the framework of regional initiatives.
They also discussed the successful work done by the Task Force established by the European Union, the African Union and the UN at the EU-African Union summit in Abidjan last November, that has led to assisted voluntary return of 20.000 irregular migrants from Libya to their countries of origin. © 2018 European Interest
"I had an excellent meeting with President Sarraj [..] Our support for Libyans will continue even more in the months to come" @FedericaMog speaks to press after today's meetings with Libya PM Fayez al-Sarraj @GhassanSalame @EUDELtoLibya and @EUBAMLibya in Libya 🇪🇺🇱🇾 pic.twitter.com/WiAMTA8LRj
— European External Action Service – EEAS 🇪🇺 (@eu_eeas) July 14, 2018