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Sarraj in Brussels for talks with EU officials

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BRUSSELS – The Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) traveled to Brussels on Wednesday to hold talks with European officials on the conflict in the north African country.

A day after the EU top diplomat and the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and Italy condemned Turkey’s plans to deploy troops to his country, Head of GNA Fayez al-Sarraj met with EU Council president Charles Michel. He was also scheduled to discuss the crisis with European Parliament president David Sassoli, according to Associated Press.

Sarraj’s government has faced since last April a military operation conducted by the Libyan National Army (LNA) to liberate Tripoli from the grip of the terrorist and criminal militias allied with GNA.

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said on Wednesday that the situation in Libya “is very dangerous” and “we are maybe facing a watershed point.” Borrell is also planning to meet with Sarraj to analyze the current situation.

Turkey’s parliament authorized the deployment of troops to Libya last Thursday, following a separate deal on sending military experts and weapons signed into law in December.

Turkey sent even Syrian mercenaries last week to fight with GNA militias against LNA.

In a period of intense diplomatic activity at EU level, Michel, will travel to Turkey on Saturday for a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reiterate the EU’s message of de-escalation. Michel will then make a stop in Cairo to discuss the crisis with Egypt president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. ​

AP

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