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US reassures of its commitment to stable, democratic and unified Libya

By Sami Zaptia. London, 1 June 2018: US Chargé d’Affaires, Stephanie Williams and AFRICOM Commander General Tom Waldhauser met with Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj in Tripoli yesterday. The US party reiterated their shared vision for a stable, democratic and unified Libya able to deliver prosperity for the Libyan people. In a statement released after [...]

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HoR head Ageela Saleh reassures of his commitment to Paris outcomes

By Sami Zaptia. London, 1 June 2018: The head of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh, reassured of his commitment to the outcome of the Paris meeting held on 29 May, HoR official spokesperson Abdalla Belheeg said yesterday. His statement echoed a similar reassurance made by Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj yesterday. Their conciliatory [...]

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Surprise attack on Taminhent airbase by Chadian and BDB forces repelled by LNA

By Jamal Adel. Kufra, 1 June 2018: A surprise attack on the Taminhent airbase, located 30 Kilometres north-east Sebha, by a coalition of Chadian rebel militias and Benghazi Defence Brigade (BDB “Saraya”) forces yesterday, was repelled by Hafter-led Libyan National Army (LNA) forces. An LNA soldier, Ali Anduljaleel from the 166 Brigade, reported that the [...]

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UN concerned by increasing humanitarian crisis in Derna and calls on all parties to respect human rights and conventions

By Sami Zaptia. London, 31 May 2018: In its latest report released yesterday on the LNA-sieged city of Derna, the UN says that the tightened encirclement and closure of Derna, imposed by the Libyan National Army (LNA), has been ongoing since July 2017. Periodic escalations of armed conflict occur, as witnessed since mid-April when the [...]

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Serraj reassures of his committment to Paris outcomes within red lines and democratic process

By Sami Zaptia. London, 31 May 2018: The head of the Presidency Council (PC) Faiez Serraj has today reassured of his full commitment to the agreed outcomes of the Paris conference on Libya held on 29 May. In a statement issued today, Serraj saluted the courage of the participants who agreed on the outcomes at [...]

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I do not recognize Hafter as Supreme Commander and won’t shake his hand: HSC head Mishri

By Sami Zaptia. London, 31 May 2018: The head of Libya’s High State Council (HSC), Khaled Mishri, said that he does not recognize Khalifa Haftar as the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army. Rather, he only recognizes Faiez Serraj as the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan army and his appointed Chief-of-Staff of the Libyan Army as General [...]

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NOC chairman Sanalla refuses to involve corporation in politics

By Sami Zaptia. London, 31 May 2018: Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, said that the NOC needs to remain independent from the country’s political struggles. He said that he categorically refused to allow the NOC to be used to settle any political issue. The NOC was constantly striving to achieve its national goals [...]

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Op-Ed: Ending the de facto ruling political institutions and the way forward

By Azza K. Maghur. Ottawa, 30 May 2018: Yesterday, President Emmanuel Macron managed to break the Libyan iceberg in Paris. He convened all four parties to the Libyan conflict, along with the heavyweight presence of presidents and high delegations from a number of state. The meeting resulted in the parties agreeing to a joint statement. [...]

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Subsidised bread flour to be paid for through e-payments to counter 1,200 ghost bakeries

By Sami Zaptia. London, 30 May 2018: Libya’s Presidency Council Ministry of Economy has decided that payments for subsidised flour for bread must now be paid for by bakeries through e-payments. This comes in its efforts to counter the phenomenon of ghost bakeries, which like Libya’s ghost petrol stations, are registered on paper but do [...]

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Libya defends two compensation cases during May; in Paris and Beirut

By Sami Zaptia. London, 30 May 2018: Libya’s Presidency Council Ministry of Justice announced that it has won two arbitration cases, one in Paris and one in Beirut during the month of May. Last week Libya won an arbitration case brought against it at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris by Portuguese company Way-2-B. [...]

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