EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels to condemn Haftar’s offensive on Tripoli

  • Libyan Express |
  • Monday 8 April 2019

Convoy of hundreds of armored vehicles of Haftar’s forces appears to be heading from Benghazi coastal road westward. [Photo: Media Office of Haftar’s forces]

EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels to condemn an assault on Tripoli by the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar and call for all sides to revert to UN-led political discussions about the riven country’s future.

The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, singled out Haftar for criticism ahead of the meeting on Monday.

“He will press France to condemn Haftar specifically, rather than blame all sides in the conflict. Germany is understood to want to take a tough line, and the issue of sanctions against Haftar may be on the agenda.” According to The Guardian.

Up until now, there are more than 30 people who have died since fighting broke out on Thursday when Haftar, who commands the self-styled army, ordered an advance on the capital in a surprise move marking a dangerous escalation days before the UN-led National Conference in Ghadames.

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