LIBYA – The European Union (EU) is aiming to resume operation of its embassy in Libya impending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, contributing further political aid for the Tripoli government fighting to organize control.
EU leaders will declare at their conference in Brussels on October 19-20 that they “encourage work underway to rapidly establish a permanent EU presence in Libya”, according to their draft joint statement seen by Reuters.
The EU transferred its operations to neighboring Tunisia in mid-2014 as security worsens in Libya amidst increasing tensions between rival groups since the 2011 death of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, dethroned by militants during a NATO bombing campaign.
Out of 28 EU states, only Italy, Libya’s former colonial commander, and still the most powerful European state on the ground, has an embassy in Libya, where the United Nations has formally identified the government of Fayez Seraj.
The EU has also interconnect increasingly with Seraj, especially as it wanted Libya’s support in constraining the flow of African refugees and migrants.
The association has funded, armed and trained Libya’s border and coast guards.