Libyan deputy PM, EU official discuss developments in Libya

Ahmad M’etig, Libya’s UN-backed deputy prime minister, on Tuesday expressed hope for a European role in solving the country’s current crisis.

M’etig made his remarks during a meeting in Libyan capital Tripoli with Head of the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Libya, Alan Bugeja, where the two officials discussed the latest developments in the country, according to a statement issued by the information and communication office of the Libyan government.

“The deputy prime minister expressed hope for the European Union to have a role in the coming stage to solve the Libyan crisis, because of the closeness of European countries to Libya, as well as activating a mechanism to implement a number of project contracts that were signed previously,” the statement said.

The meeting also discussed the recently-launched European Operation IRINI against arms smuggling to Libya, the statement said.

The UN-backed government and the rival eastern-based army were engaged in deadly armed conflict over the control of Tripoli for more than a year, before the UN-backed government recently announced taking over all of western Libya after the withdrawal of the rival eastern-based army.

Libya has been plagued by insecurity and political instability ever since the fall of the late leader Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.