EU leaders warn GNA prime minister al-Sarraj against allowing Turkish troops to come to Libya. A day after the foreign ministers of the UK, France, Germany and Italy condemned Turkey’s plan to send troops to the aid of Tripoli, al-Serraj met with EU officials and German foreign minister Maas in Brussels.
The EU is seeking to avoid being sidelined as various foreign powers, including Turkey and Russia, are fighting for influence and access to lucrative energy sources, and are pressing al-Sarraj for a ceasefire. For Europe, the cost of continued fighting is high – the chaos disrupts oil flow, pushes African migrants to Europe and allows for Islamist extremists to operate close to the European continent.
German FM Maas noted “we want to avoid Libya becoming the scene of proxy wars” while EU president Michel told Serraj in their meeting that the EU sees the maritime agreement has having no legal basis. It “infringes upon the sovereign rights of third states and does not comply with the (United Nations) Law of the Sea.”