EU mission to enforce Libyan arms embargo extended for two more years

by Brooks Tigner

The extension of Operation ‘Irini’, the European Union’s year-old maritime mission to enforce the UN’s arms embargo on Libya, for another two years automatically came into effect on 26 March after member states reached an agreement a week earlier.

The scope of the mandate remains unchanged but officials said they hope the operation can collaborate with NATO as they did against migrant trafficking across the Mediterranean in previous years. NATO member Turkey, which militarily supports Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, continues to block any co-operation between the alliance and Irini.

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