G7 urges swift adoption of voting rules in Libya

G7 urges swift adoption of voting rules in Libya

May 15, 2022 - 19:50
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Foreign ministers from the G7 group of industrialized nations called for the rapid identification of the legal basis for holding free, fair, and inclusive elections as soon as possible in Libya.

At the end of a two-day meeting in northern Germany, the top diplomats of Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, and the United States issued a joint statement to address the major themes in the international arena, including the peace process in Libya.

They urged all parties to stop violence and preserve the unity of the nation and its institutions, warning to take measures against any individuals or entities that get engaged in supporting actions that threaten peace, including imposing sanctions through the Security Council.

The ministers expressed their concern over the continued suspension of oil operations, saying it "deprives the Libyans of significant revenues," and urged that oil be distanced from political confrontation.

The event, which the EU's Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell attended, also highlighted food security problems resulting from the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

"People will be dying in Africa and the Middle East, and we are faced with an urgent question: How can people be fed around the world? Germany’s Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock told reporters at a closing news conference.

The bloc vowed to use its economic might to tackle global food shortages caused by the Ukraine war, confirming they would reinforce their contributions to aid providers such as the World Food Programme.