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Germany, France, Italy threaten sanctions against foreign interference in Libya

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BRUSSELS – In a joint statement on Saturday, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said they are ready to impose sanctions on foreign actors violating the arms embargo in Libya.

“We are ready to consider the possible use of sanctions should breaches to the embargo at sea, on land or in the air continue,” their statement reads.

They also called on all parties to the conflict and the foreign powers that back them, without mentioning a specific country, to put an end on deadly clashes.

“We call on all foreign actors to cease their interference and respect the arms embargo established by the United Nations Security Council,” the three leaders said on Saturday.

Their call came amid long discussions during an extraordinary EU summit on the bloc’s fiscal response to the Coronavirus crisis.

During the second day of EU leaders’ physical meeting in Brussels, the Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades also warned against Turkey’s illegal activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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