Developments in the neighbouring region were the focus of today’s video conference of the EU Foreign Ministers, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Libya and the Middle East conflict. The EU wants to support neighbouring Mediterranean countries.
Hostilities are continuing in Libya while the coronavirus spreads in the country. The Federal Government is committed to a return to a humanitarian ceasefire and intends to be involved in the EU operation IRINI to monitor the arms Embargo.
The EU is mobilising its resources to support less-developed health care systems. Its efforts are particularly focused on the countries of the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership. Meanwhile, the intensifying conflict in Libya is cause for concern.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council discussed a potential EU mission to monitor the arms embargo in Libya and ways to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
In January the Berlin Libya Conference decided on a framework for a peaceful solution in which the end of external interference and a stable ceasefire play a central role. Today’s follow-up meeting is about implementing these decisions and agreeing further steps.