The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Former Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said that there are no strong leaders in the European Union able to stand up to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Frattini, in an interview with Sky News TV, considered that Italy lacks political leadership, adding: “As I was the Vice-President of the European Commission years ago, I have to say, I do not see real and strong leaders in the European Union, able to say to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: enough; enough of what he does in the East Mediterranean region, as well as on the issue of military escalation in Libya and other matters.
The former Italian foreign minister, called on the Head of the Tripoli-based Government of “National Accord” (GNA) to stop military attacks, stressing the need to return to dialogue, to reach an agreement that would lead to a ceasefire in Libya.
He continued, “I think the Italian position must change. The Italian Foreign Minister De Maio, who is visiting a number of countries in the region, must first cooperate well with Egypt, the Gulf states, and Russia, so that they can urge Fayez al-Sarraj to stop military attacks and return to dialogue again, in order to reach a ceasefire agreement.
In the past few hours, Turkey has received stern warning messages related to its destabilizing activities, as the Libyan Parliament called, on Monday evening, the Egyptian armed forces to intervene to protect the Libyan and Egyptian national security.