Tuesday, April 16

Libyan FM: Libyan Sovereignty Not an Issue for Negotiation

Tripoli_ The Libyan Foreign Minister Ms. Najla Mangoush said earlier today that Libyan sovereignty is not a subject for negotiation and that it must be preserved and protected.

Mangoush was speaking at a joint press conference with the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Heiko Maas, France, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Italy, Luigi di Maio, who arrived in Tripoli on Tuesday morning for a one-day visit.

She told reporters that the visit by the three top diplomats of these three countries underline the fact that they are supporting the Libyan people and the newly established Government of National Unity (GNU).

Mangoush also demanded that all mercenaries must leave Libya immediately. “Libya’s regional stability reflects positively on neighboring countries include those of Europe,” she added.

Mr. Le Drian echoed Mangoush by saying: “Our presence illustrates the European Union’s unity in this respect. This unity is crucial, as Libya is in our immediate neighborhood and we cannot look away from the consequences the Libyan crisis might have in Europe, in terms of security, terrorism and migration”.

He also stressed that “Libya’s stability is a key factor for security in the Sahel, North Africa and the Mediterranean”.

He said all of the three Foreign Ministers will support the democratic process in Libya by calling for “firstly, the elections planned for 24 December should go ahead on time, as the Libyans wish, and secondly, that work to achieve that needs to start now”.

Le Drian made it clear that “the priority has to be the departure of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya”.

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