The EU opens a new delegation in Libya

The EU High Representative Catherine Ashton officially inaugurate the new Delegation of the European Union in Libya. At the inauguration she underlined that the Delegation is much more than a building, it is a symbol of EU determination to stand with the people of Libya into the future.

Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Commission Vice-President, visited Tripoli on the 12 November to officially inaugurate the new Delegation of the European Union in Libya. She met the Chairman of the National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, newly appointed Prime Minister, Abdurrahim al-Keib, and Ian Martin, the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. She also spoke at the first Libyan Women’s Rights Forum.

The EU High Representative highlighted during her speech at the inauguration it has been a great privilege for her to represent the EU in the work that was done over last few months regarding the transition occurred in Libya and to be able to stand in front of a new delegation in Tripoli. According to Ms Ashton, the new Delegation is much more than a building; it is a symbol of EU determination to stand with the people of Libya into the future.

Since the beginning of the crisis, the EU has provided more than €155 million in humanitarian support and mobilised EU civil protection teams and assets to alleviate the plight of civilians both in Libya and at its borders. In addition, the European Commission is making some €30 million available to support the immediate stabilisation priorities of the National Transitional Council (NTC). A further €50 million will be available for longer-term support programmes based on needs assessments to be carried out shortly.

(Source: Euroalert)

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