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France blocks EU call to stop LNA’s Operation in Tripoli

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France on Wednesday blocked a European Union statement calling on the Libyan National Army to halt its operation in Tripoli, diplomatic sources said, in the latest example of how the bloc’s internal divisions have undercut its global sway.

The draft statement, seen by Reuters, would have said that the military attack launched by the LNA in Tripoli was “endangering the civilian population, disrupting the political process and risks further escalation with serious consequences for Libya and the wider region, including the terrorist threat.”

France and Italy disagree on how to handle the latest escalation in Libya.

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