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European powers to weigh Libya crisis in Brussels after calling off visit

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BRUSSELS – The European Union’s top diplomat and the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and Italy planned to meet on Tuesday in Brussels to discuss Libya’s crisis after postponing a trip to the conflict-ridden country.

A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the talks would focus on seeking a ceasefire in Libya as the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and the militias allied with it struggle to fend off a military offensive on its power base in the capital Tripoli.

The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is conducting the military operation to liberate Tripoli from the militias and on Monday took over the central coastal city of Sirte, controlled by GNA forces since 2016.

On Tuesday, GNA forces said they had withdrawn from Sirte, a strategic prize due to its proximity to major oil export terminals, after LNA forces rapidly swept in.

The EU talks were to have taken place in Libya but the Tripoli government asked for them to be postponed, according to two EU diplomats.

Reuters

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