Europe imposes sanctions on companies that violate the arms embargo in Libya

Two diplomats revealed to Agence France-Presse that the European Union intends, on Monday, to announce sanctions against three companies from Turkey, an Arab country and Kazakhstan, accusing them of violating the arms embargo imposed by the United Nations on Libya.

The European Union had launched "Operation Irini", which is deployed off the coast of Libya and is tasked with implementing the arms embargo and gathering intelligence information about the violators of the decision. Turkey is one of the most prominent supporters of the GNA with mercenaries and weapons.

One diplomat said to France Press, that "the sanctions are modest, but effective," saying that it is a message.

The imposition of sanctions on a Turkish company would exacerbate the existing tension between Ankara and the European Union against the backdrop of an escalating dispute in the eastern Mediterranean over oil and gas.

Under the sanctions, the companies will be blacklisted, their assets in the European Union will be frozen, and they are expected to be approved at a meeting held by the foreign ministers of the bloc countries on Monday in Brussels.

The Libyan file is witnessing rapid developments after the Prime Minister of the National Accord Government, Fayez al-Sarraj, announced his intention to leave his post next October, as UN and German officials told Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, on Friday, that preparations are underway to hold a second international conference on the fifth of next month, under the auspices of the United Nations and the German government.

While the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in Libya, Stephanie Williams, considered that there is an opportunity to revive the political process in the country.

The UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, said that the international organization and the German government are already planning to hold new conference on Libya via the Internet on October 5, explaining that preparations are still underway for the UN Secretary-General, a number of German officials, and foreign ministers to participate A number of countries, as well as representatives of the two parties to the conflict in Libya.

This new meeting comes after a summit organized in Berlin last January with the participation of all countries involved in the Libyan conflict, and those countries promised at that time to stop supplying the warring parties with weapons and fighters.



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