The Address | Benghazi – Libya
PARIS – French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, called on the Europeans to speak with one voice and work together so that the future of Libya is not decided in Ankara or in Moscow, as he put it.
In an interview with the French newspaper Ouest-France, Le Drian affirmed that his country is working with Germany on joint initiatives related to the Libyan dossier, as Berlin takes over the European presidency at the present time.
“We are committed to ensuring that Germany, Italy and France speak with one voice, because we work together as Europeans so that the future of Libya is not decided, whether in Ankara or in Moscow,” said the top French diplomat.
“This European rapprochement is extremely important, especially with the lack of commitment to the Berlin Agreement in January, which called for a permanent ceasefire in Libya,” he added.
The French minister noted the European powers’ efforts to get foreign players in the Libyan conflict to respect the full implementation of the arms embargo, and pledged to impose possible sanctions on all those who publicly violate the ban.