GECOL to enhance public grid with three power units

GECOL to enhance public grid with three power units

August 2020 - The CEO of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), Weam Al-Abdali, said Tuesday that three new electrical units will be put into service to support the public grid. According to Al-Abdali, the units will be tied with the Al-Khums station, the...

Can Malta’s diplomacy tip balance in Libya toward Turkey?

Can Malta’s diplomacy tip balance in Libya toward Turkey?

August 2020 The diplomatic track ongoing between Turkey, Malta and Libya’s Tripoli government has sparked questions whether Valletta’s diplomatic support can serve as a much needed jumping point for Ankara to break the Libya stalemate, but the European country’s only...

Turkey resumes aggressive East Med policies, ratchets up tensions

Turkey resumes aggressive East Med policies, ratchets up tensions

August 2020 - Turkey’s president called a maritime deal between Greece and Egypt “worthless” Friday and said his country would resume its aggressive oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean regardless of what its neighbours think. “We have started drilling...

Libya’s Oil Blockade Will Help Clear The Global Supply Glut

Libya’s Oil Blockade Will Help Clear The Global Supply Glut

August 2020 - Libya's port blockade is set to keep the North African country's oil off the market until at least the fourth quarter of 2020, which, as devastating as it will be for Libyan oil revenues, could help reduce the expected global production glut by 65...

US backs Libyan oil flows

US backs Libyan oil flows

August 2020 - The US’ national security advisor Robert O’Brien went on to say Sirte and al-Jufra should be demilitarised. “We strongly oppose foreign military involvement, including the use of mercenaries and private military contractors, by all sides,” O’Brien said,...

Libya: Tension rises again in Tripoli among Militias

Libya: Tension rises again in Tripoli among Militias

August 2020 - New clashes broke out between militias following the arrest of several Chadian mercenaries who, according to the Libyan authorities, formed a “criminal group” that “looted and stole”. These mercenaries were under the leadership of Osama Jouili, head of...

Loss of revenues due to Libyan oil closure exceed $7.8 billion

Loss of revenues due to Libyan oil closure exceed $7.8 billion

August 2020 - The National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported on Tuesday the total loss of sales opportunities as a direct result of oil installation closures amounts to 7.841 billion dollars, during the 200 days of force majeure. The NOC, on its official Facebook page,...

Egypt, Greece Sign Maritime Deal to Counter Libya-Turkey One

Egypt, Greece Sign Maritime Deal to Counter Libya-Turkey One

August 2020 - CAIRO — Egypt and Greece on Thursday signed a maritime deal that sets the sea boundary between the two countries and demarcates an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights. The deal is a response to a similar agreement between Turkey and...

U.S. imposes Libya-related sanctions on individuals, company

U.S. imposes Libya-related sanctions on individuals, company

August 2020 - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three individuals and a Malta-based company, accusing them of acting as a network of smugglers and contributing to instability in Libya. The U.S. Treasury Department in a statement...

Libya: The first Mission for an EU Battlegroup?

Libya: The first Mission for an EU Battlegroup?

August 2020 We are pleased to publish an essay by Wolfgang Pusztai, an Austrian security and policy analyst, specialist of Libya.His thoughts are challenging indeed. Have a good read. La Vigie. In Libya there is an ongoing civil war since 2011 with different phases of...

Syrian regime sends more arms, fighters to Haftar, Libyan Army says

Syrian regime sends more arms, fighters to Haftar, Libyan Army says

August 2020 - The Libyan Army Sunday claimed that Russian cargo planes had made new military shipments to forces loyal to putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Gen. Abdulhadi Dirah, spokesman for the army's Sirte-Jufra Joint Operations Unit, said...

Russia moves to secure its investment in Libya

Russia moves to secure its investment in Libya

August 2020 - In a move that illustrates new levels of boldness, Russian fighters have seized one of the largest oil fields in Libya. The Es Sider oil field was one of the main economic pipelines for the Government of National Accord. Over the last seven months, the...

UN Says Libya Crisis Could Develop to ‘Regional War’

UN Says Libya Crisis Could Develop to ‘Regional War’

August 2020 - Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Stephanie Williams warned that the Libyan people are increasingly scared that their future is being taken out of their hands by external actors, and that the...

Libya to impose full lockdown as pandemic cases grow

Libya to impose full lockdown as pandemic cases grow

July 2020 - Libya's internationally recognised government in Tripoli will impose a full lockdown in areas of the country it controls, it said on Thursday, after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Libya, split since 2014 between areas held by the Government of National...

Guns and oil do not mix, Libya’s NOC warns

Guns and oil do not mix, Libya’s NOC warns

July 2020 - Libya’s National Oil Corp. (NOC) has expressed concerns about increasing military presence at its facilities and the seizure of jet fuel at Zueitina. NOC said the number of mercenaries at the Ras Lanuf petrochemical facility had increased recently. This...

Why is everyone fighting over Sirte?

Why is everyone fighting over Sirte?

July 2020 - The city of Sirte has become the slogan of the war in Libya, the Turkish — backed Government of National Accord forces are preparing and mobilising fighters to take control of the city, while at the same time the Libyan National Army is reinforcing its...

UN announces start of Libya central bank audit

UN announces start of Libya central bank audit

July 2020 - The United Nations’ Libya mission on Monday said an international audit of the country’s two parallel central bank branches was ready to begin, in what is called a “critical step” in creating conditions for their eventual reunification. The United Nations...

The truth behind war crimes in Libya

The truth behind war crimes in Libya

July 2020 The mass graves discovered in Tarhuna are a sad testament to a nation torn apart by Western intervention and civil war. While the withdrawal of General Khalifa Haftar’s forces from the town of Tarhuna, some 60 kilometres south of Tripoli, unleashed a wave of...

Libya Business Council launches reform initiative

Libya Business Council launches reform initiative

July 2020 - The Libyan Business Council announced yesterday the launch of a reform initiative and ‘‘platform’’ to support the private sector. It said that this done in an effort to take practical steps to crystallize a number of urgent reforms in accordance with the...

Libyans face painful power cuts as years of chaos hit grid

Libyans face painful power cuts as years of chaos hit grid

July 2020 - TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Warfare has stopped - for now - in the Libyan capital, but long power blackouts caused by years of poor maintenance still cause misery in the scorching summer weather. The blackouts have led to protests, and armed men storming...

Turkey, Russia consider joint working group for solution in Libya

Turkey, Russia consider joint working group for solution in Libya

July 2020 - Ankara and Moscow announced that they agreed to consider establishing a joint working group to solve Libyan crisis, a joint statement said on Wednesday. The two countries "consider creating a Joint Working Group on Libya and convene for the next round of...

Tripoli’s Mitiga airport to reopen in August

Tripoli’s Mitiga airport to reopen in August

July 2020 - In a short update on the progress of maintenance work at Mitiga airport, Libya’s Airports Authority said the airport would reopen to flights in August. It gave no other details. The airport had suffered extensive bomb damage during Khalifa Hafter’s...

France must recognize its role in Libya’s plight

France must recognize its role in Libya’s plight

July 2020 - In a recent article for the Atlantic Council, Nathalie Loiseau, a former French minister for European affairs and distinguished member of the European Parliament, expresses her disappointment about Turkey’s new adventurism in the Mediterranean basin in...

Turkey’s Libyan Return

Turkey’s Libyan Return

July 2020 - CAIRO, -OVER A CENTURY AGO, the founder of modern, secular Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, fought some of his first battles in the wadis and vilayets of north-eastern Libya. Now, the forces of the would-be founder of a new, pro-Islamist, neo-Ottoman Turkey,...

What’s Behind Nine Years of Turmoil in Libya

What’s Behind Nine Years of Turmoil in Libya

July 2020 - Since the 2011 NATO-backed revolt in Libya that ended 42 years of rule by strongman Muammar al-Qaddafi, the oil-rich North African country has been in perpetual turmoil. The latest phase began in April 2019, when military commander Khalifa Haftar and his...

China provides medical supplies to Libya to fight COVID-19

China provides medical supplies to Libya to fight COVID-19

July 2020 Chinese Charge d'Affaires to Libya Wang Qimin (R) and the Libyan Charge d'Affaires to Tunisia Mohamed Bin Mustafa sign certificate of donation, in Tunis, Tunisia, July 17, 2020. The Chinese Embassy in Libya on Friday handed over a batch of medical supplies...

Russia’s Policy in Libya from 2011 Onwards

Russia’s Policy in Libya from 2011 Onwards

July 2020 This paper examines Russia's strategy towards Libya post-2011. Russia has arguably been filling the vacuum left by NATO to further its interests regardless of the cost to international peace and stability. This policy outlook examines Russia's strategy...

Kernel of hope in building democratic institutions in Libya

Kernel of hope in building democratic institutions in Libya

July 2020 - The United States Constitution is unique in the way it has endured over two centuries of a dynamic nation. It is a gold standard to which other countries would do well to exemplify when building the foundations of their own democratic societies. Such is...

Libya government invites foreign missions to re-open in Tripoli

Libya government invites foreign missions to re-open in Tripoli

July 2020 - Fathi Bashagha, interior minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), invited foreign missions to re-open in the Libyan capital on Thursday, saying that the GNA was ready to ensure the security of their employees, state-run Anadolu...

The curious case of Saif Gaddafi

The curious case of Saif Gaddafi

July 2020 - In 2011, Libya was rocked by the Arab Spring. Muammar Gaddafi's 42 years of dictatorship rule was coming to an end, but not before a civil war began in the country. The war was bloody and so violent that on Feb 15, 2011, the United Nations Security Council...

Libya’s double tragedy

Libya’s double tragedy

July 2020 - The plight of oil-rich, tribally segmented Libya resembles that of several other war-torn countries in the greater Middle East, namely Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen. In each case, a combination of internal strife and misguided external intervention has...

Long-Delayed Libyan Central Bank Audit to Go Ahead

Long-Delayed Libyan Central Bank Audit to Go Ahead

July 2020 - A long-delayed international audit of Libya’s central bank is finally going ahead after the country’s prosecutor threatened legal action and a military commander made it a condition to lift a crippling oil blockade, judicial officials said. The audit of...

America cannot stand by while Russia plays games in Libya

America cannot stand by while Russia plays games in Libya

July 2020 - Russia has announced it wants peace in Libya, according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.  He told reporters that Russia is working with Turkey on an immediate ceasefire agreement. Russia’s commitment to the process is questionable, however. Lavrov’s...

U.S. Warns Of Sanctions As Libya’s Oil Chaos Persists

U.S. Warns Of Sanctions As Libya’s Oil Chaos Persists

July 2020 - After Libya lifted and then declared again force majeure on all its oil exports in the span of just two days, the United States warned that parties in the conflict that continue to undermine Libya’s economy and seek confrontation face isolation and risk of...

Libya’s Eastern parliament asks Egypt military to intervene

Libya’s Eastern parliament asks Egypt military to intervene

July 2020 - The eastern-based Libyan parliament, which supports the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by General Khalifa Haftar, has given the Egyptian military permission to intervene in the civil war. “We call for joint efforts between the two brotherly nations – Libya...

Charges of Misspent Oil Money Furthers Blockade in Libya

Charges of Misspent Oil Money Furthers Blockade in Libya

July 2020 - A delayed audit of Libya’s central bank is now contributing to a devastating oil blockade, the latest twist to a regional proxy war launched by Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar against the United Nations-backed government in Tripoli. Haftar’s...

Libya Is On The Brink Of A Major Military Conflict

Libya Is On The Brink Of A Major Military Conflict

July 2020 - Global oil market analysts are carefully watching the latest news emerging from Africa’s (potentially) largest oil producer. In an unexpected move, Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) stated lifted the force majeure on crude exports from its key...

Libyan Oil Industry Thrown Into More Chaos as Haftar Digs In

Libyan Oil Industry Thrown Into More Chaos as Haftar Digs In

July 2020 - Libya’s oil industry was thrown into deeper confusion with military commander Khalifa Haftar, a key player in the nation’s civil war, warning he would continue to blockade ports and fields, barely a day after the state energy company said exports could...

UN expresses readiness to support Libya in security sector reform

UN expresses readiness to support Libya in security sector reform

July 2020 - The Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, Stephanie Williams, expressed readiness to support Libyan authorities in security sector reform, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Sunday. Williams made her remarks...

Libya repossesses Bahari Beach Resort Hotel in Dar es Salaam

Libya repossesses Bahari Beach Resort Hotel in Dar es Salaam

July 2020 - The 110-room Bahari Beach Hotel in Kunduchi in Dar es Salaam. The property which has been the subject of an ownership tussle between its former managing director and the government of Libya has ended with Tripoli reportedly repossessing it. The new...

Libya’s NOC accuses UAE of being behind oil blockade

Libya’s NOC accuses UAE of being behind oil blockade

July 2020 - TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya’s National Oil Corp (NOC) on Sunday accused the United Arab Emirates of instructing eastern forces in Libya’s civil war to reimpose a blockade of oil exports after the departure of a first tanker in six months. The UAE, along with...

War in Libya? Why two US allies are on a collision course.

War in Libya? Why two US allies are on a collision course.

July 2020 - As U.S. attention has drifted from Libya, the threat of war between two of Washington’s longtime regional allies and military partners is rising in the divided North African country. Turkey and Egypt, whose authoritarian leaders have relatively warm...

Divided Libya to restart oil production after six-month shutdown

Divided Libya to restart oil production after six-month shutdown

July 2020 - The Libyan National Oil Company has announced the resumption of oil production and exports after a nearly six-month shutdown that has cost the country $6bn (£4.7bn) in lost revenues and deepened the country’s civil war. “The NOC has lifted force majeure on...

Will The Egyptian And Turkish Militaries Clash In Libya?

Will The Egyptian And Turkish Militaries Clash In Libya?

July 2020 - With Turkey vowing to support more offensives by its ally in the Libyan civil war, Egypt might intervene militarily on the opposite side, potentially leading to a dangerous conflict between the Turkish and Egyptian militaries in that North African nation. ...

Libya, UK sign MoU to strengthen governance and decentralization

Libya, UK sign MoU to strengthen governance and decentralization

July 2020 - The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) signed Tuesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen decentralization and sub-nationla governance with the United Kingdom's government. Libya's GNA was represented by Presidential Council member...

Has Turkey Colonized Libya?

Has Turkey Colonized Libya?

July 2020 - During his visit to Tripoli July 4th Turkey’s defense minister Hulusi Akar signed an agreement on military cooperation with the representatives of the Government of National Accord (GNA). The signature was held behind the closed doors, but the few details...

Kikla launches First Local Development Plan

Kikla launches First Local Development Plan

July 2020 - The five-year plan (2020-2024) was elaborated with the support of the Ministry of Planning and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL). The plan is the first one to be unfolded through an inclusive...

Airstrikes Hit Libya Base Held by Turkey-Backed Forces

Airstrikes Hit Libya Base Held by Turkey-Backed Forces

July 2020 - Libyan officials in the capital of Tripoli said Sunday that overnight airstrikes hit a key military base on the city’s outskirts that was recently retaken by Turkey-backed forces. A spokesman for the Tripoli-based forces, Col. Mohamed Gnounou, said the...

Turkey’s Latest Geopolitical Gamble Could Result In Catastrophe

Turkey’s Latest Geopolitical Gamble Could Result In Catastrophe

July 2020 - The rosy future of the offshore East Mediterranean (East-Med) gas boom is in jeopardy. The current COVID-related economic downturn, combined with the dramatic drop in demand for oil and gas worldwide, has already led to several delays for major offshore...

Turkey and Russia: A New Paradigm for Regional Rivalries?

Turkey and Russia: A New Paradigm for Regional Rivalries?

July 2020 - By now, the wars in Syria and Libya should by now be considered two manifestations of one larger conflict. After Turkey suffered losses at the hands of the Russian-backed Syrian army, the UN-recognised government in Tripoli routs Khalifa Haftar’s forces...

Turkey’s market share in Libya could increase to 30%

Turkey’s market share in Libya could increase to 30%

July 2020 - Turkey’s market share in Libya could reach up to 30%, up from its current level of 13%, if the North African country can achieve lasting stability, a top business leader said Sunday. Murtaza Karanfil, a Libya representative of the Istanbul-based...

Russia to reopen its embassy in Libya, says FM Lavrov

Russia to reopen its embassy in Libya, says FM Lavrov

July 2020 - Russia has decided to reopen its embassy in Libya although its head will temporarily be based in neighbouring Tunisia, Interfax news agency cited Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov as saying. Russia evacuated its diplomats from Libya in October 2013...

Arab Commercial Bank interested in Libya SME partnerships

Arab Commercial Bank interested in Libya SME partnerships

July 2020 - The Arab Commercial Bank (ACB) bank expressed its strong interest in building partnerships with SME business centres and incubators in Libya. The news was revealed by the EU for Private Sector in Libya (EU4PSL) project on Tuesday (30 June) after its...

Benghazi port bustling again despite Libya’s divisions

Benghazi port bustling again despite Libya’s divisions

July 2020 - The commercial port in Libya’s second city Benghazi is working round the clock three years after reopening, attempting to raise revenues for its restoration and expansion. The port was caught in the crossfire as rival factions battled for control of...

Libya crisis: France suspends Nato mission role amid Turkey row

Libya crisis: France suspends Nato mission role amid Turkey row

July 2020 - France has temporarily pulled out of a Nato security operation amid a major row with Turkey. The defence ministry said France had suspended its role in Operation Sea Guardian, accusing Turkey of violating an arms embargo against Libya. It comes weeks after...

July 19 set for choosing a new General Management for the GECOL

July 19 set for choosing a new General Management for the GECOL

July 2020 - A plenary session of the general assembly of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL), on Wednesday, set the date of July 19 for holding two general assembly meetings, the first being to consider amending some regulations of the company’s articles...

Greece to open consulate in Benghazi

Greece to open consulate in Benghazi

July 2020 - A Greek consulate will be opening in the Libyan city of Benghazi, as relations between Greece and the Libyan House of Representatives have improved, after Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias’ surprise visit to Libya yesterday. “Today I had the pleasure,...

Turkish businessmen seek early foothold in Libya with July visit

Turkish businessmen seek early foothold in Libya with July visit

July 2020 - A delegation of Turkish businessmen is preparing to visit war-torn Libya this month to make offers to rebuild the country and help secure its energy needs. The group is set to visit the country within two weeks, Reuters reported on Wednesday citing two...

Tough talks to unlock Libya’s oil

Tough talks to unlock Libya’s oil

July 2020 - Talks are under way to restart Libya’s oil exports. The National Oil Corp. (NOC) has said negotiations have been taking place over the last few weeks. These involve the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, NOC and unnamed “regional countries”. The...

Libyan tribes offer to end to oil blockade amid talks

Libyan tribes offer to end to oil blockade amid talks

June 2020 - Libyan tribes loyal to military commander Khalifa Hifter on Monday offered to end their blockade of the country´s oil production, which has cost Libya over $6 billion since January, as part of a political settlement in the war-torn country. In a statement...

Iran is Assisting Turkey and GNA in Libya: So Is The United States

Iran is Assisting Turkey and GNA in Libya: So Is The United States

June 2020 - The situation on the ground in Libya is growing worse by the second. The House of Representatives (HOR) and their military the LNA have been embattled with the Turkish backed internationally recognized GNA for months. This has created a split within NATO...

Who’s Flying Those MiG-29s In Libya And Why Does It Matter?

Who’s Flying Those MiG-29s In Libya And Why Does It Matter?

June 2020 - Even though the 14 MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets and Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer bombers delivered by Russia to Libya in May have not yet been used in combat in Libya’s civil war, the question of who exactly is piloting these warplanes has already come up. A...

Ankara pleads with Qatar for more funding for Libya’s war effort

Ankara pleads with Qatar for more funding for Libya’s war effort

June 2020 - Qatar and Turkey share a common ideological affiliation and have been accused of supporting the same extremist networks to advance their regional agenda. ANKARA –Hours after strong statements by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Turkish President...

China expresses consent to Cairo Declaration on Libya

China expresses consent to Cairo Declaration on Libya

June 2020 - Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Liao Liqyang expressed his country's consent to Cairo Declaration on Libya, and stressed China's support to the role of the Arab League in the crisis resolution process. The envoy's statements came in a phone call with Assistant...

Inside the murky world of Libya’s mercenaries

Inside the murky world of Libya’s mercenaries

June 2020 - Morale was so low among the ranks loyal to Libya’s recognised government, a clutch of fighters secretly planned on deserting the battlefield if they were forced to take on the Russians. The highly-trained mercenaries – hired to support renegade general...

Joint Statement by Germany, France and Italy on Libya

Joint Statement by Germany, France and Italy on Libya

June 2020 - Statement by the spokespersons of the German Federal Foreign Office, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Italian Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Cooperation on the situation in Libya (25.06.): In light of the growing...

Russian mercenaries seize Sharara

Russian mercenaries seize Sharara

June 2020 - Russian mercenaries are reported to have arrived at the Sharara oilfield, Libya’s National Oil Corp. (NOC) has said. The company said it was “deeply concerned” about the arrival of Russian and other mercenaries at the field. Armed forces were reported to...

Syria’s Assad announces support for Haftar and Sisi in Libya

Syria’s Assad announces support for Haftar and Sisi in Libya

June 2020 - Syria yesterday declared its support for both the Libyan National Army led by General Khalifa Haftar and for Egypt’s initiatives with regards Libya, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Walid Al-Muallem, said. During a press conference in Damascus yesterday,...

Will Egypt Send Troops Into Libya?

Will Egypt Send Troops Into Libya?

June 2020  While a direct Egyptian intervention would boost Haftar's chances of keeping control of Sirte, Egypt still sees this as a 'last resort,' analysts say. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has upped the ante in the chaotic conflict in Libya, warning Cairo...

Turkey strengthens Libyan position

Turkey strengthens Libyan position

June 2020 - Turkey has announced plans to explore a slice of the Mediterranean claimed last year by the Tripoli-based Libyan government, following an air offensive that has pushed the rival forces of warlord Khalifa Haftar out of western Libya. Turkish energy minister...

Libya unity government calls Egypt threat ‘declaration of war’

Libya unity government calls Egypt threat ‘declaration of war’

June 2020 - "This is a hostile act, direct interference and amounts to a declaration of war," the Tripoli-based GNA said in a statement. The war of words comes on the eve of a virtual meeting of Arab League foreign ministers on Libya, in which the GNA has declined to...

Egypt readies army to intervene in Libya ‘if necessary

Egypt readies army to intervene in Libya ‘if necessary

June 2020 - Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday said his country has a legitimate right to intervene in neighbouring Libya and ordered his army to be ready to carry out any mission outside the country, if necessary. Sisi’s comments came amid high...

Italy prepared to send specialized teams to remove mines in Tripoli

Italy prepared to send specialized teams to remove mines in Tripoli

June 2020 - The Italian Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Buccino, has declared his country’s readiness to provide specialized teams and equipment to help clear mines laid by Haftar militias as they fled from areas in southern Tripoli. This information came during a...

Sisi tells Greek FM Egypt seeks to fill Libya power vacuum

Sisi tells Greek FM Egypt seeks to fill Libya power vacuum

June 2020 - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Thursday received the Greek foreign minister in Cairo and affirmed that Egypt’s efforts in the Libyan issue aim to restore the pillars of the Libyan state and fill the power vacuum which caused terrorist groups to...

Turkey ready to work ‘together with Italy’ for peace in Libya

Turkey ready to work ‘together with Italy’ for peace in Libya

June 2020 - Turkey will work alongside Italy to achieve peace and a viable political process in Libya, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday at a news conference in Ankara, with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio. Cavusoglu also said Turkey wants to work...

Turkey may deploy F-16s, attack helicopters in Libya, columnist says

Turkey may deploy F-16s, attack helicopters in Libya, columnist says

June 2020 - Ankara might deploy F-16 fighter jets and attack helicopters in Libya, Turkish columnist Okan Müderrisoğlu said in the pro-government Sabah newspaper on Friday. “Nobody should be surprised if Turkish F16s and attack helicopters are seen at the military...

Turkey says lasting ceasefire discussed with Libyan PM

Turkey says lasting ceasefire discussed with Libyan PM

June 2020 Senior Turkish officials including Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited Tripoli to meet Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj after Turkey helped Libya's UN-backed government stave off an offensive by warlord Khalifa Haftar's militias. Turkish Foreign Minister...

Moscow urges U.S. to help reach Libya ceasefire: RIA

Moscow urges U.S. to help reach Libya ceasefire: RIA

June 2020 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday that Moscow would welcome efforts by Washington to use its influence to help reach a ceasefire in Libya, the RIA news agency reported. Since 2014, Libya has been split, with the internationally...

Libya’s proxy sponsors face a dilemma

Libya’s proxy sponsors face a dilemma

June 2020 - Events in Libya have taken a remarkable turn after the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, the Government of National Accord (GNA), took back full control of the capital last Monday. The move forced Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army...

Italy’s chance in Libya

Italy’s chance in Libya

June 2020 - The tide of Libya’s war is turning against renegade general Khalifa Haftar. Italy should seize this opportunity to lead European countries to a harmonised Libya policy. Italy has undoubtedly played a central role in the twists and turns of Libya’s fate...

Implausible Deniability: Russia’s Private Military Companies

Implausible Deniability: Russia’s Private Military Companies

June 2020 - Recent reversals in Libya’s ongoing conflict have cast a dramatic spotlight on the evolving role of Russian and other foreign private military companies. In late May, U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S. Africa Command, expressed alarm...

How Libya could change the East Med energy equation

How Libya could change the East Med energy equation

June 2020 - Libya could gradually become one of the most important actors in the global energy equation due the rich energy resources it possesses, primarily the country’s vast oil reserves. Unfortunately, now that oil and natural gas are involved, Libya has become...

Libya: GNA sets conditions for talks with Haftar

Libya: GNA sets conditions for talks with Haftar

June 2020 - The Interior Minister in the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, said that any initiatives to end the political crisis and unify the Libyan state institutions are welcome. In a tweet, Bashagha stressed that these...

Brussels court rules in favour of LIA

Brussels court rules in favour of LIA

June 2020 - The Brussels court ordered on Thursday that frozen assets owned by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) are not to be transferred outside the Euroclear accounts, after imposing a precautionary attachment on those assets. The ruling stipulates that the...

US investigating Haftar’s attempt to conclude oil deal in Venezuela

US investigating Haftar’s attempt to conclude oil deal in Venezuela

June 2020 - The United States Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, David Schenker, said on Thursday that the US is attempting to establish the truth of reports that Khalifa Haftar’s plane was seen landing in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas last week,...

Turkey, Russia diplomats to meet for Libya talks in Istanbul

Turkey, Russia diplomats to meet for Libya talks in Istanbul

June 2020 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu to discuss Libya and potential ceasefire there with Turkish counterparts Mevlut Cavusoglu and Hulusi Akar. Two senior Russian diplomats will visit Istanbul on Sunday for talks with...

Donald Trump joins calls for Libya ceasefire

Donald Trump joins calls for Libya ceasefire

June 2020 - Donald Trump has joined the calls for a ceasefire in Libya amid concerns that Egypt would be willing to send ground troops into the country to prevent a rout of its ally Khalifa Haftar, the leader of forces in the east. Airstrikes and rocket attacks in the...

Turkey says U.S. needs to play more active role in Libya

Turkey says U.S. needs to play more active role in Libya

June 2020 - The United States needs to play a more active role in Libya, both in achieving a ceasefire and in political talks, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, as Libya's warring sides restarted U.N.-led ceasefire talks. Turkey supports...

Dyer: Russia likely to mostly have its way in Libya, as it did in Syria

Dyer: Russia likely to mostly have its way in Libya, as it did in Syria

June 2020 - “Field Marshal” Khalifa Haftar’s retreat from Tripoli should not be confused with Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow. Haftar was foolish to try to capture the Libyan capital — it even surprised his foreign backers — but he probably won’t have to retreat very...

UN Says Libyan Rivals ‘Fully Engaged’ in Military Talks

UN Says Libyan Rivals ‘Fully Engaged’ in Military Talks

June 2020 - The United Nations mission to Libya says the Tripoli-based internationally-recognized government and the rival Libyan National Army are “fully engaged” in joint military talks. The mission, in a statement, said the two sides participated in the third round...

The maritime threat to Turkey-Russia ties

The maritime threat to Turkey-Russia ties

June 2020 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met last week in Ankara with Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which Turkey has supported militarily in its fight against General Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan...

Egypt announces new Libya plan after collapse of Haftar offensive

Egypt announces new Libya plan after collapse of Haftar offensive

June 2020 - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced a new initiative for Libya on Saturday, flanked by the war-torn nation's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, proposing an elected leadership council and a ceasefire starting on June 8. Sisi, who was also...

The gains that await Turkey in Libya

The gains that await Turkey in Libya

June 2020 - One of the photographs from President Tayyip Erdoğan's meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez el-Sarraj, who was hosted at the Beştepe Complex the other day, was quite remarkable. Erdoğan was showing his guest the verse "La Galiba illallah / There is no...

UN: Libya’s warring sides have agreed to restart peace talks

UN: Libya’s warring sides have agreed to restart peace talks

June 2020 - The United Nations said Libya’s warring factions have agreed to resume cease-fire talks, following days of heavy fighting and eastern-based forces retaking a key town from their rivals after a string of setbacks. The U.N. Mission in Libya said it hoped the...

Bloomberg: Tripoli to try Russians in court despite Moscow pressure

Bloomberg: Tripoli to try Russians in court despite Moscow pressure

June 2020 - Bloomberg has reported a Libyan official as saying that the Government of National Accord (GNA) is going to try the Russians accused of espionage and interference in elections despite pressure by Moscow for their release. The newspaper said Friday that the...

US to build ‘empowered’ UN mission in Libya

US to build ‘empowered’ UN mission in Libya

June 2020 - The United States said on Wednesday that it was waiting to build an “empowered” UN mission to Libya, frustrating France and Germany who say that the delay in approving in appointing an envoy undermines efforts to end the conflict. The position of the UN...

UN expects movement soon on new Libya cease-fire talks

UN expects movement soon on new Libya cease-fire talks

June 2020 - The United Nations said Tuesday it expects “things to get moving in the next few days” following the agreement by Libya’s warring parties to resume cease-fire negotiations following days of heavy fighting. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said acting U.N....

Libyan MoU cannot affect Greek rights, says US energy official

Libyan MoU cannot affect Greek rights, says US energy official

June 2020 -The Turkey-Libya memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to maritime zones “cannot as a legal matter affect the rights or obligations of third states” such as Greece, a US energy official said on Tuesday during  a virtual roundtable discussion on the...

UN: Libya’s warring sides have agreed to restart peace talks

UN: Libya’s warring sides have agreed to restart peace talks

June 2020 - The United Nations said Libya’s warring factions have agreed to resume cease-fire talks, following days of heavy fighting and eastern-based forces retaking a key town from their rivals after a string of setbacks. The U.N. Mission in Libya said it hoped the...

UN: Tripoli is the only entity authorised to sell Libya’s oil

UN: Tripoli is the only entity authorised to sell Libya’s oil

June 2020 - The United Nations confirmed that the National Oil Corporation (NOC), based in Tripoli, is the only Libyan authority legally authorised to sell oil. This came following reports that France had seized an oil tanker which was on its way to Libya, the vessel...

Libya conflict: Russia and Turkey risk Syria repeat

Libya conflict: Russia and Turkey risk Syria repeat

June 2020 - Libya looks to be at the end of one bleak chapter, but there is no guarantee that the next will be any better for a country that has been torn to pieces by civil war and foreign intervention since Col Muammar Gaddafi met his grisly death in 2011. Since...

Egypt announces international anti-Turkey alliance

Egypt announces international anti-Turkey alliance

June 2020 - Egypt announced an international alliance that includes Greece, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates and France to confront Turkish provocative moves in Libya and the Mediterranean. Egypt has announced an anti-Turkey alliance that includes Greece, Cyprus, the...

‘Provocative’ Erdogan to drill for oil off Libya

‘Provocative’ Erdogan to drill for oil off Libya

June 2020 - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to create a “fait accompli” over rights to natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean by drilling off the coast of Libya, analysts told Arab News on Saturday. Ankara’s announcement that it intends to...

What does Libya’s ‘Syrianization’ scenario mean for key actors

What does Libya’s ‘Syrianization’ scenario mean for key actors

May 2020 - Turkey may have gotten kudos for tipping the balance in Libya, but Russian countermoves raise the prospect of Turkish collaboration with Russia in the North African country, which is not to the liking of countries that have been giving plaudits to Ankara....

Moscow denies US accusations of forging money for Libya

Moscow denies US accusations of forging money for Libya

May 2020 - Moscow has refuted the US accusations that the national banknote manufacturer was forging money for Libya, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday. "We would like to note that under the conditions of actual diarchy in Libya, there are...

Turkey’s friends are winning in Libya

Turkey’s friends are winning in Libya

May 2020 - Turkey and Russia have emerged as the strangest of bedfellows in the Middle East in recent times. While on one hand, Putin and Erdogan signed economically lucrative deals in energy, military, and other sectors, and appeared like the new best friends, they...

France Navy Stops Libya-Bound Tanker After Embargo Warnings

France Navy Stops Libya-Bound Tanker After Embargo Warnings

May 2020 - A French navy frigate saluted an oil tanker as it prepared to load refined petroleum products from a port in eastern Libya, preventing it from reaching its destination and letting it float off the coast of coasts for almost a week, four Western diplomats...

Libya: How Europe failed to end the war

Libya: How Europe failed to end the war

May 2020 - Things are not going well for European diplomacy in the Libyan civil war. The latest initiative, convened by the German government in January, assembled the major foreign supporters of Libya’s warring factions in Berlin, with the aim of having them back...

Geostrategic Dimensions of Libya’s Civil War

Geostrategic Dimensions of Libya’s Civil War

May 2020 - Libya’s civil war has become an increasingly competitive geostrategic struggle. A UN-brokered settlement supported by non-aligned states is the most viable means for a stable de-escalation, enabling Libya to regain its sovereignty. Download this Brief as a...

Libya: Money Talks, Russia Walks

Libya: Money Talks, Russia Walks

May 2020 - Over the weekend LNA (Libyan National Army) forces began moving away from the capital, Tripoli, which they had trying to take since April 2019. The cause of the retreat was the ability of the growing Turkish mercenary force to reinforce the various militias...

Trump urges Libya de-escalation on call with Erdogan – White House

Trump urges Libya de-escalation on call with Erdogan – White House

May 2020 - U.S. President Donald Trump called for a “rapid de-escalation” of the Libyan conflict on a call with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, the White House said, after recent gains by forces backed by Turkey prompted threats of retaliation. Ankara...

In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker

In Stunning Reversal, Turkey Emerges as Libya Kingmaker

May 2020 - With a succession of quick victories, Turkish-supported forces in Libya have rolled back the gains of a would-be strongman whose allies, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, now face tough choices. CAIRO — A string of victories by Turkish-backed forces in...

It’s Turkey’s Libya now

It’s Turkey’s Libya now

May 2020 - European countries should try to revive the political approach to resolving the Libya conflict, particularly given that Turkey may want to do so from its current position of strength. Libya doesn’t do incremental change, it seems. Instead, the country...

China in Libya – investments and neutrality

China in Libya – investments and neutrality

May 2020 - Among world and regional powers involved in the Libyan crisis, China is often not considered very much because it is not sending mercenaries to the country or mobilizing drones for air raids, like the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Russia. Beijing,...

Geostrategic Dimensions of Libya’s Civil War

Geostrategic Dimensions of Libya’s Civil War

May 2020 - Libya’s civil war has become an increasingly competitive geostrategic struggle. A UN-brokered settlement supported by non-aligned states is the most viable means for a stable de-escalation, enabling Libya to regain its sovereignty. HIGHLIGHTS The Libya...

Russia’s Deepening Libyan Adventure

Russia’s Deepening Libyan Adventure

May 2020 - Russia has several options for escalating its involvement in Libya’s civil war, but the West could make continued intervention too costly for Moscow’s liking. Over the past year, Russia has significantly escalated its military involvement in Libya, in the...

HAFTAR, TRIBAL POWER, AND THE BATTLE FOR LIBYA

HAFTAR, TRIBAL POWER, AND THE BATTLE FOR LIBYA

May 2020 - On April 25, 2020, Khalifa Haftar, the eastern-based head of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) declared on television that he had been granted a popular mandate to rule. This announcement came on the back of a string of embarrassing military...

Western Mercenaries Went to Libya to Help Moscow’s Man, UN Finds

Western Mercenaries Went to Libya to Help Moscow’s Man, UN Finds

May 2020 - A team of Western mercenaries linked with two Dubai-based companies was briefly deployed to Libya to assist Russian-backed strongman Khalifa Haftar in his offensive to capture Tripoli, according to a confidential UN report, underscoring how the country’s...

Turkish Petroleum “seeking Libya Exploration Permit”

Turkish Petroleum “seeking Libya Exploration Permit”

May 2020 - T Turkish Petroleum (TPAO) has reportedly applied to Libya's Tripoli-basedGovernment of National Accord (GNA) for an exploration permit in the eastern Mediterranean. Turkey's Anadolu Agency quotes Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez as saying that...

Turkey to start drilling off Greece as planned in deal with Libya

Turkey to start drilling off Greece as planned in deal with Libya

May 2020 - State-owned oil company Turkish Petroleum (IPAO) has submitted an application to Tripoli-based government to start drilling in parts of the eastern Mediterranean outlined in the country’s contentious maritime borders agreement with Libya, Turkey ‘s Energy...

Iibya Needs European Boots on the Ground

Iibya Needs European Boots on the Ground

May 2020 - The arrival of the new coronavirus in Libya has not interrupted the battle for Tripoli. Since 2011, when a series of uprisings backed up by a NATO air campaign overthrew dictator Muammar Qaddafi, Libya has progressively fragmented. There is now an all-out...

Is Russia pulling support from Libyan strongman Hifter?

Is Russia pulling support from Libyan strongman Hifter?

May 2020 - While Washington has been accusing Moscow of inflaming the conflict in war-torn Libya by sending mercenaries to fight on behalf of strongman Khalifa Hifter, signs have been emerging that Russia is increasing contacts with the Hifter-aligned eastern-based...

China’s Balancing Act in Libya

China’s Balancing Act in Libya

May 2020 - Among the bevy of great and middle powers involved in Libya, China is often neglected. It is not pouring in mercenaries or conducting airstrikes—like the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Russia—but China is steadily investing and exerting influence in ways...

How do you get an honest broker in #Libya

Take away thise that look for gain (#Russia #Turkey #UAE #France #Italy #Egypt #China etc)

Take away countries with good intention but little influence and who are you left with?

The #US #UK #UN and a few others. That's the Reality

Long overdue, it's a sad fact of life but corruption is still rife in Libya. Anything that helps bring clarity to the award process has to be welcomed.

Audit Bureau calls for launch of Libyan tenders and procurement e-portal to fight corruption | https://www.libyaherald.com/2020/08/13/audit-bureau-calls-for-launch-of-libyan-tenders-and-procurement-e-portal-to-fight-corruption/

well done to you all for succeeding in such difficult circumstances, fixing the economy is a critical part of the rebuilding of Libya 👍

12 youth and women NGOs win up to US$ 15,000 UNDP grant for project proposals | https://www.libyaherald.com/2020/08/13/12-youth-and-women-ngos-win-up-to-us-15000-undp-grant-for-project-proposals/

These are not militias these are out of control youths, in any normal society police or the security services would deal with them, but... these youths know nothing else, you’re right, re-education, discipline and a chance at a future are all esssential

Saddik Mohamed@Saddiktweets

Demobilization ,Disarmanent & Reintegration must be activated before this guy grows up !!🤗
#libya

A generation that knows little else!

According to several UN reports, the militias in Libya today look more like cartels, each defending its own interests and seeking to steal the state’s revenues while taking advantage of its weakness and widespread corruption.

Seems crazy that we can sanction fuel smugglers but can't take out the people smugglers... strange values we have!

US sanctions Libya smuggling network and pushes for negotiated settlement to conflict - The National https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/us-sanctions-libya-smuggling-network-and-pushes-for-negotiated-settlement-to-conflict-1.1060157

I can't believe the Washington Post printed this it is so one sided (I maintain neutrality) but Libya is way more complicated than this!!!

Why Libya deserves better from the U.S. and the world - Washington Times https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/aug/4/why-libya-deserves-better-from-the-world/

So now Turkey calls the shots on border control and international aid?

Italian parliament condemns what happened to Italian forces in Misurata & calls it “absurd” – The Libyan Address Journal https://www.addresslibya.co/en/archives/58307

Interesting viewpoint from the Guardian, was Gaddafi right?

Gaddafi’s prophecy comes true as foreign powers battle for Libya’s oil | World news | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/02/gaddafis-prophecy-comes-true-as-foreign-powers-battle-for-libyas-oil

So many times the US has had opportunity to make a difference & so many times they've blown it because of petulance or lack of understanding.. shame!

U.S. should not stand in way of U.N. chief naming new Libya envoy, Germany says | Article [AMP] | Reuters https://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-un-idUSKCN24V3OP

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