France joins the US in calling for sanctions on Libyans hampering GNA


France is urging the European Union to impose sanctions against officials in Libya accused of blocking the unity government there.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Monday for sanctions against those who put obstacles in the way and against those who ultimately stop the Libyan authorities from starting their work.

“The EU is drawing up a small list of “spoilers” to be targeted by sanctions.” the French FM added.

Unconfirmed reports suggest Nouri Abu-Sahmain, President of the General National Congress, and Khalifa Ghweil, Prime Minister of the Tripoli Salvation Government, are in the EU’s sights.

Libya has been split between rival governments since 2014, a consequence of the chaos that engulfed the country after a 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Muamar Gaddafi.

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