Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, was in Tunisia on Thursday to have talks with all Libyan parties as a follow up of the Special European Council of 23 April.
After meeting with Bernardino León, the UN Special Representative for Libya, and members of the recently established EU/UNSMIL (UN Support Mission in Libya) liaison cell, the High Representative held a series of contacts and meetings with different parties taking part in the UN-led political dialogue.
This initiative was taken to strongly encourage them to work quickly for the setting up of a Government of National Unity in the coming weeks. Underlining the importance of Libyans taking ownership to confront the challenges the country faces, the High Representative reiterated the EU's readiness to support a new government once it is established.
The importance of the need to urgently address the common threat of terrorism and the fight against traffickers and smugglers were stressed in the discussions both for the benefit of Libya and the EU.
The High Representative/Vice-President also met with the Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Baccouche, to discuss the bilateral EU-Tunisia relationship, regional challenges including the situation in Libya, migration and counter terrorism.