On 24 March, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, spoke with the new Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Al-Debaiba. Josep Borrell congratulated the Prime Minister on the formation of the new Government of National Unity and welcomed the efforts and determination of his government to restore national unity and open a chapter of peace and reconciliation for Libya.
High Representative Borrell conveyed a strong message of support underlining that the EU is ready to step-up its cooperation with the new government, and to provide support in accordance with its needs and priorities.
High Representative Borrell proposed to work together on areas where the EU could provide expertise and added value such as institution building, economic governance, preparation for the national elections in December 2021 foreseen in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap, as well as through the EU CommonSecurity and Defence Policy (CSDP) mission EUBAM Libya and Operation EUNAVFOR MED Irini.
High Representative Borrell and Prime Minister Abdulhamid Al-Debaiba exchanged on the importance of sustaining Libya’s stability, strengthening its unified institutions, and ensuring continued implementation of the ceasefire agreement, acknowledging the role played in this regard by the 5+5 Joint Military Committee and the need for a credible monitoring mechanism.
The High Representative and Prime Minister Abdulhamid Al-Debaiba agreed to plan mutual visits and to coordinate and cooperate closely, including via the EU Delegation to Libya, whose presence in Tripoli the EU intends to increase soon, hoping that the security and health situation allows for it.