The Address | Benghazi – Libya
SHARM EL SHEIKH – Leaders of the Arab League and the European Union agreed to strengthen their partnership during the concluding session of the first summit ever held between the two regions.
In a joint declaration, the leaders agreed to work towards a stronger Euro-Arab partnership and reaffirmed their commitment to defend multilateralism and the rules-based trading system.
The summit provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss the latest developments in the region, including the crisis in Libya.
“On Libya, we expressed our support for UN efforts and the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement of 2015.” reads the joint declaration of European and Arab leaders.
“We called on all Libyans to engage in good faith in UN-led efforts aimed at bringing Libya’s democratic transition to a successful end and to refrain from any action that might escalate tensions, further jeopardize security and undermine the stabilization process. In this regard we support the UN Special Representative’s action plan.”
Since the signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2015, the EU and Arab League have maintained an advanced relationship, including biennial ministerial meetings and annual meetings between the EU Political and Security Committee and the Arab League Permanent Representatives.