Friday 23 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/21/17)
The UN Security Council on Tuesday backed the appointment of Lebanese academic and former culture minister Ghassan Salame to be the UN's new envoy in Libya. The appointment capped a four-month search for a new head of the UN political mission in Libya who will lead negotiations on opening up a UN-backed deal to form a unity government. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had presented Salame as his choice for the post after a series of other candidates raised objections from council members. The United States in February blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad, with the administration of Donald Trump saying it was acting in the interest of its ally Israel. That...
(AFP (eng) 06/17/17)
The Libyan coastguard has rescued more than 900 African and Asian migrants attempting to reach Europe, a navy spokesman said on Saturday. "A coastguard patrol from Zawiya (west of Tripoli) intercepted five inflatable boats and a wooden vessel carrying 906 migrants at dawn on Friday," General Ayoub Qassem said. He added that 25 children and 98 women, including seven who were pregnant, were among those rescued. "One of the rubber boats was holed and on the point of sinking, while the wooden one did not have a motor," he said. People traffickers have exploited the chaos in Libya since a 2011 uprising toppled and killed strongman Moamer Kadhafi to boost their lucrative but deadly trade.
(AFP (eng) 06/12/17)
Libyan authorities said Monday that Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, reportedly set free by a local militia at the weekend, was still wanted by a Tripoli court for a 2015 conviction. Seif al-Islam, the second son and heir apparent of the late deposed Libyan dictator, was said to have been released on Friday by a militia group that controls the town of Zintan in western Libya. The group, which had held Seif al-Islam for more than five years, said he...
(AFP (eng) 06/11/17)
Seif al-Islam, the second son and heir apparent of the late deposed Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, is said to have been freed in Libya after more than five years in captivity. The Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade, a militia that controls the town of Zintan in western Libya, said Seif al-Islam was freed late on Friday, under an amnesty law promulgated by the parliament based in the country's east during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "He is now free and has left the city of Zintan," the group said in a statement on its Facebook page. There was no independent confirmation of Seif al-Islam's release...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/17)
The United Arab Emirates has supplied attack helicopters and other military aircraft to the Libyan forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar, in violation of a UN arms embargo, according to a UN report. Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), which refuses to recognize the UN-backed government in Tripoli, has made inroads in fighting and now controls all the major cities and military bases in the south of Libya. "The United Arab Emirates have been providing both material support and direct support...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(Xinhuanet 06/01/17)
Libyan UN-backed Prime Minister Faiz Sarraj met on Wednesday with a delegation of the African Union High Level Committee on Libya, and discussed the crisis under the political agreement. The AU delegation was composed of foreign ministers of Congo, Guinea, Niger, Mauritania and AU Peace and Security Commissioner Ismail al-Sharqawi. The delegation stressed AU's support for the government of national accord, and praised Serraj's efforts to achieve national reconciliation between rival political parties. According to the delegation, the meeting aims...
(Daily News Egypt 05/31/17)
The airstrikes follow Minya bus terrorist attack of which IS claimed responsibility. Egypt’s delegate to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) notified on Saturday the council that Egypt’s airstrikes on Libya targeted terrorist groups and described the attack as the right of the country for self defence which the UN charters stipulate, according to a press statement. Egypt has reportedly carried out airstrikes on the city of Derna in eastern Libya on 27 May, following the shooting of Coptic Christians in Minya in Upper Egypt, which resulted in the death of 28 civilians.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/30/17)
Militant training camps in Libya are a direct threat to Egypt's national security, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Monday, after Egyptian air strikes targeted the camps in eastern Libya in recent days. Egypt's air force began the strikes just hours after masked men boarded vehicles driving dozens of Coptic Christians to pray at a monastery in the southern Egyptian province of Minya on Friday. They opened fire at close range, killing 29 and wounding 24 in an attack...
(AFP (eng) 05/29/17)
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry discussed the conflicts in Libya and Syria as they met in Cairo on Monday, the foreign ministry there said. Lavrov and Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu were also due to meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Egypt's defence minister, the foreign ministry in Moscow said. Lavrov and Shoukry discussed Libya, where rival administrations and militias have fought for control of the oil-rich country since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moamer Kadhafi, the Egyptian statement said.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(AFP (eng) 05/22/17)
Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar have bombed rival forces in retaliation for a deadly attack on an airbase in the south of the country, media reported Sunday. "Warplanes launched air strikes overnight Saturday as part of the Martyrs of Brak al-Shati operation," the LANA news agency said in reference to the airbase where at least 141 people, mostly forces loyal to Haftar, were killed on Thursday. LANA, which is loyal to authorities based in eastern Libya, said...
(AFP (eng) 05/19/17)
The United Nations envoy to Libya on Friday condemned a deadly attack by forces loyal to the unity government on a military base controlled by forces backing a rival administration. Members of the Third Force militia loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli attacked an airbase used by military strongman Khalifa Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, military sources said. There was no independent word on casualties in the assault on the Brak al-Shati base, but Libyan media...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/19/17)
France said on Thursday it was reviewing its position on the Libyan conflict and for the first time openly called for a united national army that included eastern militia commander Khalifa Haftar to battle Islamist militants. In the previous government, the Foreign Ministry openly supported the U.N.-backed Libyan government of Prime Minister Fayez Seraj, while the Defence Ministry worked closely with Haftar, who has waged a campaign against Islamists in eastern Libya but resisted a rapprochement with Seraj. Diplomats had...
(AL Jazeera 05/18/17)
Analysts say the recent meeting in the UAE may only serve to validate Haftar's political legitimacy. On May 3, Libya's two rival leaders, Fayez Serraj, the head of the UN- backed Government of National Accord in Tripoli and strongman General Khalifa Haftar, whose Libyan National Army (LNA) keeps a tight grip on the East of the country, held a surprise meeting in the United Arab Emirates. The encounter spurred fears among Serraj's supporters that the conditions discussed in the Gulf...
(AFP (eng) 05/10/17)
Libya's foreign minister said Tuesday a rival general must accept civilian rule in order to play a role in the country's future. Field Marshal Khalifa "Haftar must first accept to work under a civilian authority and officially approve the political deal" that gave rise to the power-sharing authority, Mohamed al-Taher Siala told AFP by phone from Algiers. Haftar, who heads the self-styled Libyan National Army, does not recognise the authority of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and instead backs...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/09/17)
Libya's neighbors and the United Nations on Monday voiced their support for a meeting held last week between the North African country's main rival figures, the head of the U.N.-backed government, Fayez Seraj, and eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. The two men had held talks in Abu Dhabi, their first in more than a year and a half, over a U.N.-mediated deal that Western powers hope will end the factional fighting that has dominated Libya since the 2011 fall of Muammar...
(The Libya Observer 05/08/17)
Libya's interest requires concessions, said Khalifa Al-Ghaweel, the head of Salvation Government, one of the country’s three rival governments. In an interview with London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper published on Sunday, Al-Ghaweel said his focus is to establish a coherent state, saying the current national dialogue won’t succeed because it’s limited to people seeking personal interests. Al-Ghaweel was referring to the recent meeting between Khalifa Haftar and Fayaz Sirraj in the UAE. He indicated that the dispute is between two institutions, the General National Congress and the House of Representatives, pointing out that meetings were held between the two in order to reach a national unity government.
(Xinhuanet 05/08/17)
Algeria on Sunday reiterated the commitment of Libya's neighboring nations to continue their efforts in a bid to help warring parties in Libya to restore peace and reach national reconciliation. "The political agreement reached in 2015 between Libyan warring parties in Morocco should be the corner stone for sustainable resolution to the Libyan crisis," Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, Arab League and African Union, Abdelkader Messahel, told reporters after his talks with Head of the United Nations Support Mission in...
(AFP (eng) 05/05/17)
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson held talks Friday with the head of Libya's parliament, a day after visiting Tripoli to back peace efforts in the troubled north African nation. The Foreign Office said Johnson, who met parliament speaker Aguila Salah in the remote eastern city of Tobruk, stressed "the importance of working... to break the political deadlock". The oil-rich country has endured varying degrees of chaos and lawlessness since the 2011 NATO-backed ouster of dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and its rival...

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