| Africatime
Sunday 30 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
The United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, will visit Khartoum on Sunday for talks on the conflict in the North African country, the Sudanese foreign ministry said. Kobler, on his first visit to Sudan, is expected to meet Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour and other senior officials in Khartoum. "He will discuss efforts made by Arab League and African Union to solve the Libyan crisis," the foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Ghandour will also attend a May 8 conference in Nigeria drawing Libya's neighbours, it said. Libya has fallen into crisis since the 2011 killing of longtime strongman Moamer Kadhafi, with dozens of armed factions battling for control of the oil-rich...
(AfricaNews 04/28/17)
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo remembered the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during a two-day state visit to Uganda where he stressed on pan-Africanism. Obiang Nguema told the media at the Ugandan State House in Entebbe on Wednesday that Africa’s problem is due to lack of unity to counter its challenges. “I remember our hero Gaddafi who used to promote this African solidarity but sadly most countries would not still agree with him … The instability Africa is suffering is due to the egoism of each country,” he was quoted by local media Daily Monitor.
(Xinhuanet 04/26/17)
Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Tuesday asked Russia to help end its domestic conflict when meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. Bogdanov said his visit to Tripoli is "a continuation of Serraj's visit to Russia and to develop mechanisms to implement what was agreed upon during that visit." "We have promised your excellency the return of cooperative relations between the two countries and we will honor this pledge," Bogdanov told Serraj during the meeting. Serraj welcomed Russian investments in Libya in the fields of energy, railroads, and infrastructure. Serraj expressed hope for Russia "to use its international status to help lift the arms embargo on libya.
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
Libya's unity government has called for "urgent intervention" by the international community to end military escalation in its south, warning of a possible "civil war". For more than a week, militias allied to the UN-backed Government of National Accord have fought off rival forces trying to capture an airbase in the south of the North African country. "We ask you to take a firm and decisive stance with regards to this escalation and we will support all decisions to re-establish security and stability in Libya," GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj wrote in a letter published on Saturday.
(AFP (eng) 04/17/17)
Libya's unity government has called for "urgent intervention" by the international community to end military escalation in its south, warning of a possible "civil war". For more than a week, militias allied to the UN-backed Government of National Accord have fought off rival forces trying to capture an airbase in the south of the North African country. "We ask you to take a firm and decisive stance with regards to this escalation and we will support all decisions to re-establish...
(Financial Times 04/13/17)
G7 foreign ministers are set to underline their backing for the UN-sponsored government in Libya headed by prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj, easing concerns about a major shift in US policy with regard to the North African country. According to a section of the communiqué being discussed in Lucca, Italy, and seen by the Financial Times, the G7′s top diplomats will express “strong support” for Mr Sarraj’s government and “firm opposition to any attempt to disrupt the stabilisation process”. Italian officials...
(Mareeg 04/03/17)
The Council remains concerned about the situation in Libya, and in particular about acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of the country, and that impede or undermine the successful completion of Libya’s political transition BRUSSELS, Belgium, April 3, 2017-APO -Mareeg-On 31 March 2017, the Council prolonged the sanctions against Libya targeting three persons for six months. On 1 April 2016, the Council imposed restrictive measures against Libya on three persons: Agila Saleh, president of the Libyan Council of...
(AFP (eng) 03/31/17)
Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamad Taher Siala on Friday urged the EU to rethink its naval operation in the Mediterranean, saying it comes with the side effect of encouraging migrants to attempt the perilous crossing to Europe. The European Union launched Operation Sophia in 2015 to crack down on smugglers on the high seas, after hundreds of migrants died when their rickety boats sank off southern Italy. The operation's vessels are charged with intercepting smugglers' boats and destroying them, but they often end up rescuing the migrants trying to make their way to Europe -- many of whom depart from Libya. "I think this Sophia operation, it's negative.
(AFP (eng) 03/25/17)
Russia is trying to expand its influence in Libya through a combination of military means and oil and weapons sales, a top US general said Friday. General Thomas Tom Waldhauser, who heads the US military's Africa Command, said Russia is "on the ground" in the border region between Egypt and Libya. "They are trying to influence the action, we watch what they do with great concern," Waldhauser told Pentagon reporters. "In addition to the military side of this, we've seen some recent activity in business ventures -- whether it's oil, whether it's weapon sales that perhaps were stopped when the (Moamer) Kadhafi regime took place."
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Libya's former prime minister Khalifa Ghweil was wounded in heavy fighting in the capital Tripoli on Wednesday but his injuries are not life threatening, sources close to him said. Militia loyal to the ex-premier exchanged artillery fire with forces of the UN-backed government for several hours before withdrawing from their headquarters in the Guest Palace, a complex of luxury villas in the city centre. It was the third straight day of clashes between the two sides. Libya has experienced years...
(Al-Monitor 03/13/17)
Russia seizes opportunity in Libya. Vasily Kuznetsov explains the evolution of Russia’s approach to the Middle East in terms of both its “blunt pragmatism” and, since 2011, defining itself “as an alternative project rather than part of the West … premised on Russian historical experience.” Kuznetsov writes that this alternative project has extended to support for Gen. Khalifa Hifter in Libya. In backing Hifter, Moscow is seeking to shift its relations with Cairo from “mutual affinity into a solid alliance.”...
(The Guardian 03/13/17)
Pentagon says Russia has intervened to support opponents of the western-backed government. A fierce battle for control of Libya’s oil ports is raging this weekend as worried American officials claim that Russia is trying to “do a Syria” in the country, supporting the eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar in an attempt to control its main source of wealth. The fighting between Haftar’s forces and militias from western Libya is focused on Sidra, Libya’s biggest oil port, and nearby Ras Lanuf, its...
(Middle East Monitor 03/09/17)
The House of Representatives (HoR) in the east of Libya yesterday voted to suspend its involvement in the Libya Dialogue process. The HoR also voted to reject part one of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) which names the members of the Presidency Council (PC). By doing so, the HoR will no longer recognise any member of the Presidency Council. Head of the PC Fayez Al-Sarraj, and its members Ahmed Maiteeq, Abdelsalam Kajman, Mohamed Al-Amari and Ahmed Hamza – all based...
(Middle East Monitor 03/09/17)
Libya’s eastern-based parliament has called for early elections following a collapse in a United Nations-brokered peace deal with rival authorities in the capital Tripoli. An open letter was sent by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) to the country’s electoral commission on Tuesday requested the commission make “all the necessary arrangements to prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections before February 2018,” owing to Libya’s ongoing “difficult situation” and “political struggle”. Earlier, the HoR voted to withdraw its support for the Tripoli-based UN-backed Government
(AFP (eng) 03/03/17)
Russia's foreign minister on Thursday pushed an "inclusive national dialogue" in Libya at talks with its UN-backed premier that came after his key rival sought to boost ties with Moscow. "We are convinced that only the Libyan people themselves can overcome the current crisis, all the parties in Libya through an inclusive national dialogue aimed at reconciliation," Russia's Sergei Lavrov told Fayez al-Sarraj at the start of the meeting. Lavrov described Moscow as an "old friend" of Libya and insisted...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/03/17)
Russia said on Friday it was ready to help unify Libya and wanted to foster dialogue between rival authorities in Tripoli and factions in the east of the country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks in Moscow with Fayez Seraj, the head of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, on Thursday. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the talks had focused on how efforts to unite Libya could best be advanced. Moscow was ready to...
(Financial Times 03/02/17)
Trip by Fayez al-Sarraj is latest sign of expansion in region. The head of Libya’s UN-backed government is to hold talks with top Russian officials in Moscow on Thursday as the Kremlin manoeuvres itself into a pivotal position in the north African state’s conflict. The visit by Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister and head of presidential council of the Tripoli-based unity government, underlines Russia’s growing ambitions in the Middle East after its military intervention in Syria tilted that conflict in favour of the Assad regime. The Kremlin said Moscow’s increasing involvement in Libya was intended to repair the damage it said had been done by western interference in the
(AFP (eng) 02/28/17)
The head of Libya's embattled unity government Fayez al-Sarraj will visit Moscow this week, a government source said on Monday, after a key rival sought to build ties with Russia. A source from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) said Sarraj would begin a visit to Moscow on Thursday, without providing further details. The visit comes as Libya continues to be submerged in chaos, six years after the ouster and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi in a NATO-backed...

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