EU agrees new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, center, talks to Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio and Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva in Brussels on Feb. 17, 2020. (AP)

EU foreign ministers said Monday they have agreed to launch a new mission in the Mediterranean to enforce a UN arms embargo on Libya that is currently routinely flouted.

“We all agreed to create a mission to block the entry of arms into Libya,” Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Maio said, adding that the mission would include a naval element -- which had been a sticking point for some member states.

The news was confirmed by his German and Austrian counterparts.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05