Foreign ministers of the G7 said on Friday that they were strongly opposed to military action in the country and implicitly warned eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar against continuing his advance on the capital Tripoli, reports Reuters.
“We firmly believe that there is no military solution to the Libyan conflict,” the foreign ministers from France, Britain, Germany, United States, Italy, Japan and Canada said in a statement sent amid talks in western France.
“We strongly oppose any military action in Libya. Any Libyan actor or faction that precipitates further civil conflict are harming innocent people and standing in the way of the peace that Libyans deserve.”
The advance that began on Thursday by Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) force, which is allied to a parallel administration based in the east, escalates a power struggle that has splintered the nation since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Earlier the Finance Ministry of Ukraine negotiated with G7 countries on the possibility to provide the funding to Ukraine, as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Finance Minister Oksana Markarova.
“We actively work on the credit, the attraction of the resources from the international financial organizations and potential bilateral lending,” Markarova said.
Concerning the bilateral lending Markarova specified that the department negotiates with G7 countries. At the same time, the minister did not exclude the possibility of the credits from the other countries, which will agree to finance Ukraine.
The sum of the potential borrowings from the micro-financial organization and G7 countries was not specified. At the same time, she reminded that the total volume of the foreign borrowings is planned at the level of $4 billion.
As we reported, Ukraine expects two tranches from the IMF in 2019 under the stand-by program opened in December last year.