July 18, 2020 / 7:26 PM / 20 days ago

France, Germany and Italy threaten sanctions over arms for Libya

PARIS, July 18 (Reuters) - The leaders of France, Germany and Italy on Saturday threatened to use sanctions against countries that continued to violate a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

“We also call on all foreign actors to end their increasing interference and to fully respect the arms embargo established by the United Nations Security Council,” French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a joint statement issued by the French presidency.

“We are ready to consider the possible use of sanctions if the breaches of the embargo at sea, on land or in the air continue, and look forward to the proposals that the High Representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy will make in this regard.” (Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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