The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, is in the Middle East for talks with the region’s Arab leaders.
Her first stop was Cairo at the weekend, for the second round of talks with Egypt’s interim prime minister Essam Sharaf. High on the agenda was the creation of a broad-based Egyptian government that respects popular calls for change but also delivers stability.
But Libya is on everyone’s mind. The Arab League asked the UN to impose a no-fly zone, giving the regional seal of approval that NATO said was a vital condition for any military action. Meanwhile, Turkey has weighed into the argument raging over a Libyan no-fly zone.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a conference in Istanbul that any NATO military operation in Libya would be risky and unhelpful. Erdogan has told Muammar Gaddafi on television that naming a president with popular support would be a substantive way to end Libya’ crisis.