EUBAM Libya and its Head of Mission were delighted to welcome the Civilian Operations Commander Francisco Esteban-Perez on his first visit to one of the eleven EU Common Security and Defense Policy missions that he leads. His trip was just one of several recent high-level visits from Brussels to Libya, underlining the EU’s commitment to the Government of National Unity as it prepares the way for elections later this year. Indeed, Esteban-Perez travelled to Tripoli with EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, with whom he met Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh on his first day.
Today, with Foreign and Development Ministers, we concluded important exchanges on two issues: how to engage more strategically with Middle Income Countries, what we call “Development in Transition” countries; and we also focused on Human Development, discussing concrete ways to boost this part of Human Development.
In light of the execution of Mr Phemelo Botogeleng , which took place on 11 June 2021, the Heads of Mission reaffirm their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances and regret that Botswana retains the death penalty in law and in practice. Mr Botogeleng’s execution represents already the third capital punishment carried out by Botswana since the beginning of this year.
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