EU reaffirms support for stability in Libya

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-13 03:05:28|Editor: yan
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TRIPOLI, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) delegation to Libya on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for stability, democratic transition and prosperity in Libya.

The ambassadors of the EU and its member states to Libya on Tuesday held meetings with senior Libyan officials in the capital Tripoli, including Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, Chairman of High Council of State Khalid al-Meshri, Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala, and Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha.

"In our meetings today in Tripoli, we reaffirmed the EU's unwavering commitment to Libya's stability, democratic transition and prosperity. We are keen to develop with our Libyan neighbor a solid partnership based on shared interests and values," said a statement issued by the EU delegation following the meetings.

"We call on all parties to put aside their differences and work towards the establishment of a stable, unified and inclusive government that can deliver basic services for all Libyans," the statement said.

The delegation called on the Central Bank of Libya to fund the basic services in the country, particularly in southern Libya, while highliting the importance of building an appropriate framework for effective local governance.

Libya has been suffering political division and escalating violence ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011.

Local authorities are struggling to provide basic services for the citizens, mainly proper education and healthcare, amid chaos and insecurity.

"The EU welcomes effective and rules-based actions against terrorist groups and organized crimes, in compliance with human rights and Libya's obligations under the international law," the statement said.

The EU delegation also pledged to continue supporting institution building and services in Libya through current and future projects and programs worth 431 million euros (486 million U.S. dollars).

As Libya is a preferred point of departure for thousands of illegal immigrants to Europe, the EU delegation urged Libyan parties to "fight human trafficking and to ensure respect for human rights and humanitarian standards with regards to migrants and refugees, including in detention centers."