Germany, France and Italy threaten sanctions against foreign interference in Libya

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In a joint statement on Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said they were ready to impose sanctions on foreign actors violating the arms embargo on Libya.”We are prepared to consider the possible use of sanctions if embargo violations at sea, on land or in the air continue,” their statement said.

They also called on all parties to the conflict and the foreign powers which support them, without mentioning a specific country, to put an end to the deadly clashes.

“We call on all foreign actors to end their interference and to respect the arms embargo established by the United Nations Security Council,” the three leaders said on Saturday.

Their call came amid long discussions at an extraordinary EU summit on the bloc’s budget response to the coronavirus crisis.

During the second day of a physical meeting of EU leaders in Brussels, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades also warned of illegal activities by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.

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