U.N. says preparations underway for meeting of Libyan factions

U.N. says preparations underway for meeting of Libyan factions

October 2020 - Preparations are underway for the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) which is scheduled to be held in Tunisia in November, according to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya Stephanie...

Libyan Investment Authority Hires EY as its Auditor

Libyan Investment Authority Hires EY as its Auditor

October 2020 - The Libyan Investment Authority has appointed EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young, as its new external auditor. EY will undertake the audit of the LIA for the financial year ending December 31, 2019. Commenting on the appointment, Dr Ali Mahmoud...

Conflict in Libya: Is there a new hope?

Conflict in Libya: Is there a new hope?

October 2020 - But the fact that the talks are going on and the two sides are hoping to arrive at an acceptable format with the support of all major stakeholders, this time around the scenario presents a more optimistic picture. On October 10, the UNSMIL announced...

Libya seeks Spanish cooperation for developing airport sector

Libya seeks Spanish cooperation for developing airport sector

October 2020 - Minister of Transport, Milad Matouq, held discussions on Tuesday, with the Spanish ambassador to Libya, regarding the contribution of Spanish companies in developing Libyan airports. The two sides explored the possibility of coordinating a visit to...

Infographic: Libya’s fragile oil return complicates market outlook

Infographic: Libya’s fragile oil return complicates market outlook

October 2020 - Light sweet Libyan crude is starting to trickle through after an eight-month hiatus as rival groups agreed a tentative truce. The prospect of over 1 million b/d hitting the market in the coming months coincides with an uncertain demand outlook amid a...

UK Appoints New Trade Envoy to Libya

UK Appoints New Trade Envoy to Libya

October 2020 - The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has appointed Damien Moore MP (pictured) as his Trade Envoy to Libya and Tunisia. In a statement, the Libyan British Business Council (LBBC) said: "We look forward to working with him on building the bilateral...

Ghassan Salame Says Situation in Libya Has Never Been So Promising

Ghassan Salame Says Situation in Libya Has Never Been So Promising

October 2020 - The former head of the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salame, voiced his optimism about the peace negotiations in Libya, in an interview with France 24. He believes that, “The situation has never been so propitious for a solution to the...

UN announces first Libyan direct talks in Tunisia next month

UN announces first Libyan direct talks in Tunisia next month

October 2020 - TUNIS - The first face-to-face meetings of the the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum will take place in Tunisia in November, announced the United Nations. Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support...

Turkey sends soldiers to Libya, fortifications at Al-Watiya Air Base

Turkey sends soldiers to Libya, fortifications at Al-Watiya Air Base

October 2020 - TRIPOLI – Sources from the Libyan Armed Forces revealed that Turkey withdrew 1500 Syrian mercenaries and sent hundreds of Turkish soldiers instead to western Libya, which represents deception and fraud of international decisions. The sources, who asked...

Egypt’s el-Sissi signs maritime deal with Athens

Egypt’s el-Sissi signs maritime deal with Athens

October 2020 - Egypt’s president Saturday ratified a maritime deal setting its Mediterranean Sea boundary with Greece and demarcating an exclusive economic zone for oil and gas drilling rights, the state-run news agency reported, in a move that has angered Turkey. The...

A Light in Libya’s Fog of Disinformation

A Light in Libya’s Fog of Disinformation

October 2020 - Divisions within Libya’s civil war have been amplified by foreign-sponsored disinformation campaigns. Reconciliation and peacebuilding will require local actors to reclaim Libya’s digital spaces. Nested within Libya’s ongoing civil war are a fog of...

US envoy spearheads effort to flesh out Libya policy

US envoy spearheads effort to flesh out Libya policy

October 2020 - As he shuttles between countries concerned with Libya, Norland reassures Europeans and plays a larger role than a regular ambassador. TUNIS – US ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, is leading the political process between the Libyan factions with the...

CBL LD 20 bn loan to finance Libyan budget deficit up to end Q3

CBL LD 20 bn loan to finance Libyan budget deficit up to end Q3

October 2020 - London, 8 October 2020: The Tripoli-based Central Bank of Libya (CBL) provided loans of up to LD 20.030 bn to finance Libya’s budget deficit until 30 September 2020, it revealed in its latest statistical monthly bulletin. It revealed that total state...

Libya’s rival groups agree on choosing sovereign positions

Libya’s rival groups agree on choosing sovereign positions

October 2020 - Opposing delegates sign agreement in Morocco on a mechanism to appoint sovereign heads Delegates from Libya’s two rival administrations have announced that the second round of talks culminated on criteria to select the heads of sovereign positions in...

Governor of the Central Bank of Libya warns of a financial…

Governor of the Central Bank of Libya warns of a financial…

October 2020 - Today, the governor of the internationally recognized Central Bank of Libya, Al-Siddiq Al-Kabeer, warned of the collapse of the financial and monetary stability of the state due to the record high overall public debt. “Libya Al-Ahrar” channel quoted...

Libya Showing Signs of Economic Resilience

Libya Showing Signs of Economic Resilience

October 2020 - Libya, with Africa's largest oil reserves containing some of the world's highest quality crude oil, has been able to raise its production by approximately 20,000 bpd to 290,000 bpd, which is welcome news to the manifold oil industry. The easing of a...

What happens next in Libya?

What happens next in Libya?

October 2020 - Following the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and UN Secretary-General António Guterres invited the international community to a virtual conference on the Libya conflict. The goal: to take stock and determine the next steps along the...

Libyan rivals reach agreements on leadership of key positions

Libyan rivals reach agreements on leadership of key positions

October 2020 - Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita confirmed that the agreements reached by the Libyan delegations at the end of the second round of the Libyan dialogue sessions in Bouznika are “decisive”. BOUZNIKA, Morocco – Delegates from Libya’s two rival...

Libya’s Interior Ministry inks MoU with the US K2 Intelligence

Libya’s Interior Ministry inks MoU with the US K2 Intelligence

October 2020 - Libya's Interior Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US (K2 Intelligence) firm specialized in the field of financial integrity and anti-terrorist financing, according to a tweet by Fathi Bashagha, Minister of Interior of the...

Libya’s oil output rises to 270,000 bpd as exports ramp up

Libya’s oil output rises to 270,000 bpd as exports ramp up

October 2020 - Libya’s oil output has risen to 270,000 barrels per day (bpd) as the OPEC member ramps up exports following the easing of a blockade by eastern forces, a Libyan oil source told Reuters. The country’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) had said it expected...

Key players to meet virtually to push for Libya cease-fire

Key players to meet virtually to push for Libya cease-fire

October 2020 - UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations and Germany are co-chairing a ministerial meeting on Monday of world powers and other countries with interests in Libya’s long-running civil war in hopes of promoting a cease-fire between its rival governments....

New Cooperation Between EU And US In Libya – OpEd

New Cooperation Between EU And US In Libya – OpEd

October 2020 - The European Union removed an east Libyan powerbroker from its sanctions blacklist to encourage peace efforts and ensure the EU plays a central role in any negotiated settlement in Libya. The de-listing of speaker Saleh was agreed in light of his recent...

EU removes Agila Saleh and Nuri Abu Sahmain from sanctions list

EU removes Agila Saleh and Nuri Abu Sahmain from sanctions list

October 2020 - The Council today decided to remove Agila Saleh, speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, and Nuri Abu Sahmain, former president of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress of Libya, from the list of individuals and...

GNA Vice President Reveals Oil Agreement Details

GNA Vice President Reveals Oil Agreement Details

October 2020 - Ahmed Maiteeq, Vice President of the Government of National Accord (GNA), revealed in an interview with French magazine ‘Jeune Afrique’, the details of the agreement to resume Libya’s oil production. The magazine said that Maiteeq distinguished himself...

EU draws up options for boots on the ground in Libya

EU draws up options for boots on the ground in Libya

October 2020 - EU officials have drawn up plans to deploy European military observers to Libya if a cease-fire takes hold there — a potentially high-risk mission reflecting a drive by foreign policy chief Josep Borrell for the bloc to play a more active role beyond...

What exactly is happening in Libya?

What exactly is happening in Libya?

September 2020 - Libya has become part of a geo-political proxy war, where everyone involved has their own personal interests in mind. But people have had enough. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen protests erupt across Libya, including in its major cities such as...

Police Arrest Ex-CEO of Bank That Collects Libya’s Oil Wealth

Police Arrest Ex-CEO of Bank That Collects Libya’s Oil Wealth

September 2020 - (Bloomberg) -- Police in Tripoli arrested the former chief executive officer of Libyan Foreign Bank on Monday, two Libyan security and judicial officials said, following a power struggle at the top of the institution that gathers the country’s oil...

War-Torn Libya’s Oil Output Triples a Week After Restarting

War-Torn Libya’s Oil Output Triples a Week After Restarting

September 2020 - (Bloomberg) -- Libya’s oil production has almost tripled to 250,000 barrels a day since a partial lifting last week of a blockade on the war-torn country’s energy facilities, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Fields that feed...

Libya to discuss maritime borders with Greece, Malta

Libya to discuss maritime borders with Greece, Malta

September 2020 - Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Taher Siala announced Friday he will hold talks with Greek and Maltese authorities to discuss the delimitation of maritime borders in line with Libya's interests. Siala met with the head of Libya’s National Oil...

An open letter to my motherland, Libya

An open letter to my motherland, Libya

September 2020 - I grew up with an undying love for Libya which only intensified when I moved abroad in 2000. I longed for the beach, the food, and having a room in a house that's actually big enough to hold a whole family. I saw my childhood through rose-tinted...

US Must Exert Leadership to End Libyan Conflict

US Must Exert Leadership to End Libyan Conflict

September 2020 - Active and engaged US leadership is necessary to unfreeze the intractable Libyan civil war and prevent Turkey and Russia from using it to dominate the Eastern Mediterranean. Ruptures in Libya’s already fractured politics could cause the country to...

EU Sanctions Three Firms for Breaking Libya Arms Embargo

EU Sanctions Three Firms for Breaking Libya Arms Embargo

September 2020 - EU foreign ministers also imposed travel bans and asset freezes on two Libyan individuals accused of human rights violations. The European Union (EU) on Monday imposed sanctions on three companies — one Turkish, one Kazakh, and one Jordanian — for...

Washington can seize a pinprick of light in Libya

Washington can seize a pinprick of light in Libya

September 2020 - A few flickers of light may be penetrating Libya’s deepening gloom. On the one hand, Libya’s misery grows worse. As Acting U.N. Special Representative Stephanie Williams told the U.N. Security Council on September 3, COVID-19 cases are expanding...

Benghazi port to start receiving Hyundai Glovis ships from October

Benghazi port to start receiving Hyundai Glovis ships from October

September 2020 -  London, 22 September 2020: Benghazi Port Authority announced Sunday that it will start to receive Hyundai Glovis ships from October. Hyundai Glovis is a major shipping line owned by Hyundai, owner of one of the largest shipyards in the world. The...

The Road to a War Within NATO

The Road to a War Within NATO

September 2020 - Given everything that’s happened this year, and now that we’ve filled the “double hurricane” box, perhaps it wouldn’t be that surprising to see “armed conflict within NATO” as the winning square on our 2020 bingo card. This is precisely what could...

Turkey’s New Mission on the Cyprus/Egypt Front

Turkey’s New Mission on the Cyprus/Egypt Front

September 2020 - With the increasing pressure from the European Union (EU), and the growing instability in Libya, Turkey decided to shift its pursuits in the Mediterranean from western waters to southbasin. Turkey is temporarily resigning from the complicated...

EU to help draft Libya’s strategy on border security

EU to help draft Libya’s strategy on border security

September 2020 - The EU will help write Libya's national strategy of border security and management, according to an internal EU document. Dated 1 September and obtained by EUobserver, the document spells out what the EU's border assistance mission in Libya (EUbam)...

UN-backed Libyan PM Sarraj’s mysterious resignation announcement

UN-backed Libyan PM Sarraj’s mysterious resignation announcement

September 2020 - Prime Minister of Libya’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) Farrej al-Sarraj announced on Wednesday his intention to step down, prompting a flurry of speculation about his reasons for doing so, as well as fears that his resignation...

The Maetig-Hafter proposal to resume oil exports: Analysis

The Maetig-Hafter proposal to resume oil exports: Analysis

September 2020 - London, 19 September 2020: Just when you think Libya is complicated – it gets even more complicated. Khalifa Hafter and his international allies have on the issue of the oil blockade seemingly outmanoeuvred Faiez Serraj and his allies in western...

Revenue losses due to oil closure approach 10 billion dollars

Revenue losses due to oil closure approach 10 billion dollars

September 2020 - The National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on Sunday that losses due to the stoppage of production and exports amounted to 9.8 billion dollars since last January, noting that the period of closure has now reached 240 days. The NOC appealed to those...

US says Haftar agrees to lift Libya oil blockade

US says Haftar agrees to lift Libya oil blockade

September 2020 - The US Embassy in Libya announced renegade General Khalifa Haftar agreed to open key oil fields and terminals as soon as Saturday, The New Arab reported. The move could bring the possibility of a political settlement between Haftar and Libya’s...

UK Urged to Seek Libya Oil Opportunities

UK Urged to Seek Libya Oil Opportunities

September 2020 - The UK has been urged by Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) to seek opportunities in the Libyan oil and gas sector. Addressing the Libyan British Business Council in London, NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla outlined that projects worth billions of...

Economy in Libya

Economy in Libya

September 2020 - Strange to say, but the Libyan economy which, as is well-known – depends much, if not almost exclusively, on oil extraction and sale, performed very well in 2017 even at a time of falling prices – currently made more complex by the Covid-19 pandemic...

U.S. Oil Company Hess Attempts To Load Crude From Libya Port

U.S. Oil Company Hess Attempts To Load Crude From Libya Port

September 2020 - Hess may attempt to load a cargo of crude oil from Libya’s Es Sider port this week. If successful, the loading represents a glimmer of hope for oil-rich Libya who has had its oil production brought down to just 100,000 barrels per day amid port...

UN council agrees on naming new Libya envoy, to vote next week

UN council agrees on naming new Libya envoy, to vote next week

September 2020   Washington has been criticised by the other 14 Council members for stalling the nomination process. Acting top envoy Stephanie Williams is due to leave at month’s end. NEW YORK, UNITED NATIONS - After more than six months of squabbling, the UN...

Turkey in talks to secure Libyan oil and gas exploration rights

Turkey in talks to secure Libyan oil and gas exploration rights

September 2020 - Turkey is in talks over oil and gas exploration in Libya, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration seeks business opportunities in the conflict-ridden North African country. Turkey and Libya’s United Nations-recognized government, which...

Morocco talks make progress overcoming Libya’s east-west divide

Morocco talks make progress overcoming Libya’s east-west divide

September 2020 - TRIPOLI – US pressure on the parties to the Libyan conflict and on influential regional countries succeeded in achieving an important breakthrough in the stalemate that followed the large-scale military confrontations on the Sirte-Jufra line, after...

Russia hedges its bets in Libya

Russia hedges its bets in Libya

September 2020 - Reality seems to take longer to hit some states than others. For Russia’s ambitions in Libya, the gravity of the situation on the ground appears finally to be sinking in. For the last two years, Moscow had been investing ever more in Libya,...

Morocco Primed For Important Role In Future Libya Peace Agreement

Morocco Primed For Important Role In Future Libya Peace Agreement

September 2020 - Moroccan neutrality and vital diplomacy in the Libyan civil war make it an obvious candidate to mediate a sustainable peace agreement in Libya. Rabat – Sources in Libya have confirmed that the first steps towards a possible peace agreement will be...

Libya: a glimmer of hope

Libya: a glimmer of hope

September 2020  Since the 2011 Arab Spring, Libya – a country of 6.7 million inhabitants, potentially very rich with immense oil reserves – has been beset by violent conflicts between different factions and militias, as well as outside players and actors. Ten years of...

Libya Reinstates Security Chief as Power Struggle Hits Tripoli

Libya Reinstates Security Chief as Power Struggle Hits Tripoli

September 2020 - Libya’s internationally recognized government reinstated its powerful interior minister suspended over an alleged role in anti-corruption protests, the latest twist in a power struggle that’s threatening stability after a devastating war.   The...

How new street protests can help diplomacy in Libya succeed

How new street protests can help diplomacy in Libya succeed

September 2020 - Rival camps in Libya will likely sabotage political processes that could undermine them. The international community can head this off by harnessing protesters’ justified anger.  Only in Libya could the heads of the two rival political camps announce...

Bashagha’s central bank ally pays the bill for Turkey’s support

Bashagha’s central bank ally pays the bill for Turkey’s support

September 2020 - Libyans are wary over a statement issued by the Turkish Central Bank regarding a MoU concluded on Monday with the Central Bank of Libya. TUNIS – The Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, al-Sadiq al-Kabir, dropped a bombshell, surprising everyone in...

U.N. warns of Libya arms build-up and virus surge

U.N. warns of Libya arms build-up and virus surge

September 2020 - TUNIS (Reuters) - The United Nations acting Libya envoy said on Wednesday that foreign supporters of both sides in the civil war were helping them stockpile weapons in breach of an arms embargo and as coronavirus “spirals out of control” in the...

Waves of Russian and Emirati Flights Fuel Libyan War, U.N. Finds

Waves of Russian and Emirati Flights Fuel Libyan War, U.N. Finds

September 2020  A confidential report sent to the Security Council details extensive breaches of the international arms embargo on Libya by eight countries since the beginning of the year. CAIRO — As war raged in Libya last winter, a dozen world leaders gathered in...

Tripoli rifts emerge

Tripoli rifts emerge

September 2020 - Amid popular protests in the capital and elsewhere, divisions have emerged in Libya’s internationally recognised government, though Fayez Al-Sarraj is moving to take control Popular protests in the Libyan capital Tripoli and cities in western Libya...

Turkish, Libyan central banks sign cooperation deal

Turkish, Libyan central banks sign cooperation deal

September 2020 - The central banks of Turkey and Libya on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance financial cooperation. The deal will lay the groundwork for continued cooperation in the field of central banking, according to a statement by the Turkish...

In Libya’s War, Russia Is Directionless — and Falling Behind

In Libya’s War, Russia Is Directionless — and Falling Behind

September 2020 - On August 21, the latest ceasefire in Libya’s long war between the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj and the Libyan National Army of Khalifa Haftar took effect. The main force behind the new ceasefire was the United States, even...

Tracking Libya’s ‘splendid little war’

Tracking Libya’s ‘splendid little war’

September 2020 ANALYSIS/OPINION: At the dawn of the 20th century, America was feeling brash and bold. Having just defeated Spain in a war that ranged from Cuba to the Philippines, it was clear that we were an emerging power. But what was that going to mean? The 19th...

Influential Libyan interior minister suspended amid protests

Influential Libyan interior minister suspended amid protests

August 2020 - TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The head of Libya’s internationally recognised government suspended his powerful interior minister from his duties on Friday, saying his handling of street protests and a violent crackdown against them would be investigated. The move...

The new, great, dangerous game in the eastern Mediterranean

The new, great, dangerous game in the eastern Mediterranean

August 2020 - In the latest in a series of provocative actions linked to the exploration of oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkey recently carried out naval exercises in an area of that sea that Greece also considers its own territorial waters. In doing so,...

As Guns Fall Silent in Libya, the Qaddafi Regime Seeks a Return

As Guns Fall Silent in Libya, the Qaddafi Regime Seeks a Return

August 2020 - As Libya’s war winds down to an uneasy truce, a city on the frontlines has become the epicenter of a movement to restore the regime of slain former leader Moammar Al Qaddafi. Starting with an Aug. 20 demonstration in Sirte, where Qaddafi was born and...

UAE implicated in lethal drone strike in Libya

UAE implicated in lethal drone strike in Libya

August 2020 - The BBC has uncovered new evidence that a drone operated by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) killed 26 unarmed cadets at a military academy in Libya's capital Tripoli in January 2020.   At the time of the strike on 4 January, Tripoli was under siege by the...

Report: Monitoring social media in Libya

Report: Monitoring social media in Libya

August 2020 - DRI is publishing its latest social media monitoring report that examines online discourse in Libya during the first four months of 2020. Our findings show a continuation of the trends we had previously noticed. Other main findings from the report...

Libya’s oil company to export first shipment after 7-month blockade

Libya’s oil company to export first shipment after 7-month blockade

August 2020 - Libya’s state National Oil Corporation (NOC) said that it was preparing to load its first shipment of condensates from its Brega oil port after oil exports had been halted for 219 days, Libya Herald reported. According to the news site, the oil tanker...

US takes the lead in Libya as both sides agree to a ceasefire

US takes the lead in Libya as both sides agree to a ceasefire

August 2020 - For the first time in years, the US appears to have adopted a coherent and balanced policy on Libya. Last Friday’s announcement by Fayez Al-Sarraj, the head of the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), of an immediate ceasefire coincided...

Beyond the Ceasefire in Libya

Beyond the Ceasefire in Libya

August 2020 - On August 21, the political leaders of the two main factions in Libya’s civil war—Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of the Government of National Accord (GNA) and Speaker Aguila Saleh of the eastern-based House of Representatives—issued separate statements...

Libyan Civil War (2014–2020) – WIKIPEDIA

Libyan Civil War (2014–2020) – WIKIPEDIA

August 2020 WHILST THERE ARE (AS EXPECTED) MANY MISTAKES IN THIS AND A LACK OF REAL TIME INTELLIGENCE IT IS A WORTHWHILE READ TO UNDERSTAND THE BACKGROUND, PLAYERS AND SOME OF THE DYNAMICS INVOLVED IN THE LIBYAN CONFLICT Cut and paste the below into your web browser....

Italy’s New Approach to Libya

Italy’s New Approach to Libya

August 2020 - The updated approach to the Libyan civil war could help Italy regain the influence it once had in the Mediterranean, and the ceasefire announced last week could provide grounds for action. On 21 August, the prime minister of Tripoli’s interim Government...

With UAE deal, Israel opens tentative new chapter with Gulf Arabs

With UAE deal, Israel opens tentative new chapter with Gulf Arabs

August 2020 - "Historic"; "A breakthrough"; "A game-changer"; "A betrayal": there is no shortage of epithets for this month's sudden announcement - by President Trump - that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to fully normalise its relations with Israel. After Egypt's...

UN welcomes appointment of independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya

UN welcomes appointment of independent Fact-Finding Mission on Libya

August 2020 - The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the appointment of members of a team of independent experts to document allegations of human rights violations and abuses in Libya. On Wednesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle...

Shakshak discusses the return of Turkish companies to Libya

Shakshak discusses the return of Turkish companies to Libya

August 2020 - Libya's Audit Bureau head, Khaled Shakshak, arrived Friday in Istanbul to discuss the suspended Turkish projects in Libya. The talks attended by Libya's Minister of Finance, Faraj Abu Matari, and Consul General in Turkey, Fathi Al-Sharif, reviewed the...

Libya: what is behind the rise of the tribes?

Libya: what is behind the rise of the tribes?

August 2020 - For months now, the powers supporting Marshal Khalifa Haftar have been trying to bring together and promote Libyan tribal leaders on the diplomatic stage. These negotiations – led by Egypt with the support of France and the United Arab Emirates –...

Libya crisis: Rival authorities announce ceasefire

Libya crisis: Rival authorities announce ceasefire

August 2020 - Libya's rival authorities have announced an immediate ceasefire. The Tripoli-based and internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) published a statement that also calls for elections in March next year. The truce was also agreed by an...

Could Libya Be Partitioned?

Could Libya Be Partitioned?

August 2020 - Libyan National Army (LNA) leader Khalifa Haftar’s 14-month offensive to capture the Libyan capital of Tripoli and unseat the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) failed in June, and his forces lost territory that had taken him over six years...

Al-Sarraj reviews resuming suspended electricity projects

Al-Sarraj reviews resuming suspended electricity projects

August 2020 - The Head of Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj met Tuesday with the board of directors of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) and discussed the resumption of suspended power projects and procedures for the return of the firms...

Could The GNA Ever Successfully Control Libya’s Oil?

Could The GNA Ever Successfully Control Libya’s Oil?

August 2020  Introduction The success of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in forcing the withdrawal of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) from northwestern Libya has led to a temporary détente in the conflict. As GNA officials...

On Libya’s front lines, Sirte is focus for regional rivalries

On Libya’s front lines, Sirte is focus for regional rivalries

August 2020 - SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - In Sirte’s municipal offices, walls are adorned with pictures of Khalifa Haftar, commander of the eastern-based Libyan National Army. Out in the desert, troops keep watch from behind sandbanks. Already scarred by Libya’s 2011...

Libya conflict: Why Egypt might send troops to back Gen Haftar

Libya conflict: Why Egypt might send troops to back Gen Haftar

August 2020  Imagine the house next door is on fire and there is no fire brigade to call on to avert an imminent disaster about to engulf you and your family. That is how Egypt has viewed Libya since the brutal end of former Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and...

Turkey, Libya, Qatar agree to ink military deal

Turkey, Libya, Qatar agree to ink military deal

August 2020 - TRIPOLI, Libya Libya’s deputy defense minister on Monday announced that his country has agreed with Turkey and Qatar to sign a tripartite deal for military cooperation to boost capabilities of the Libyan military. According to media office of the...

Turkey Flexes Military Muscle in Maritime Feud With Greece

Turkey Flexes Military Muscle in Maritime Feud With Greece

August 2020 - Turkey launched naval exercises off two Greek islands and announced energy exploration research activity in the area, as territorial tensions escalate in the eastern Mediterranean. The two-day naval drill to the east and south of Rhodes and Kastellorizo...

Trump, Erdoğan discuss establishing demilitarised zone in Libya

Trump, Erdoğan discuss establishing demilitarised zone in Libya

August 2020 - U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed steps to establish a demilitarised zone in Libya in a phone call, Al Jazeera said on Thursday. Trump and Erdoğan also discussed possible ways to achieve the withdrawal...

Libya: Sovereign fund to ask UN for freedom to invest billions

Libya: Sovereign fund to ask UN for freedom to invest billions

August 2020 - Libya's sovereign wealth fund head plans to ask the United Nations to allow it to invest billions of dollars sitting idle in its accounts, after missing out on some $4.1bn in potential equity returns during nearly a decade of sanctions. The Libyan...

Libya Economic Monitor – July 2020

Libya Economic Monitor – July 2020

August 2020 FOR FULL DOCUMENT PLEASE CLICK LINK ON BASE OF SUMMARY The Libyan economy has recently been hit by four overlapping shocks: an intensifying conflict that suffocates economic activity, the closure of oil fields that puts the country’s major...

What Does the Future Hold for Libya’s GNA Militias?

What Does the Future Hold for Libya’s GNA Militias?

August 2020  FOR FULL DOCUMENT PLEASE CLICK LINK ON BASE OF SUMMARY Introduction The success of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) in forcing the withdrawal of the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) from northwestern Libya has led to a...

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...

SHOCKING - if other countries can deal with these monsters why can't Libya, we all support BLM but ignore these poor people and the atrocities in Libya. Enough...

Inside the smuggler’s warehouse: Africa’s 21st-century slave trade https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/africa/inside-the-smuggler-s-warehouse-africa-s-21st-century-slave-trade-1.4224073

#UN sanctioned smuggler + #Zawiya coastguard captain Abdulrahman Milad al #Bija was arrested this afternoon in Hay Andalus, #Tripoli. It is understood that he is detained by Radda Special Forces on strength of an arrest order by MOI Fathi Bashagha. #Libya #HumanSmuggling

I agree. As a Libyan operator the last 12 wks has definitely seen an improving situation. Fingers crossed and let's hope the "Int. experts" express positivity for a change!

Ghassan Salame Says Situation in Libya Has Never Been So Promising - LibyaReview https://libyareview.com/7282/

Why is nobody talking about this? 350 migrants abducted in #Sabratha, #Libya and held by armed gunmen. 60 people including children and women are held hostage in appalling conditions.

@UNSMILibya

https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/what-we-do/news-stories/news/libya-350-migrants-abducted-their-homes-armed-men

#ليبيا

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My first tweet as #EU🇪🇺 Ambassador to #Libya🇱🇾 @EUinLibya. Wheels up to Tripoli in minutes, with 🇦🇹🇧🇪🇩🇰🇫🇮🇵🇱🇪🇸🇸🇪 &🇳🇴 #TeamEurope at work

UN Libya rights probe stalled due to cashflow problems | Macau Business https://www.macaubusiness.com/un-libya-rights-probe-stalled-due-to-cashflow-problems/

If the German Federal Foreign Office considers Libya a "marathon as opposed to a sprint" then the bad news is some countries are cheating whilst others have yet to start...!

What happens next in Libya? - Libya Consulting | International & Libyan Business https://www.libyaconsultancy.com/news/what-happens-next-in-libya/

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