Conflict-Ravaged Libya Inches Closer to New Unity Government

Conflict-Ravaged Libya Inches Closer to New Unity Government

Posted - 17th January 2021 (Bloomberg) -- Libyan representatives proposed a method to select a new transitional government, the approval of which could help put the OPEC member on a path to stability after a decade of conflict. The recommendation was presented by an...

Libya talks make progress towards new temporary government, UN says

Libya talks make progress towards new temporary government, UN says

Posted - 17th January 2021 Participants at talks in Geneva agreed on a mechanism for choosing the new government, whose formation has been the subject of wrangling among the main factions in a country that is a major oil producerA Libyan political dialogue arranged by...

Italian Natalina Cea appointed head of EUBAM in Libya

Italian Natalina Cea appointed head of EUBAM in Libya

Posted - 16th January 2021 The European Union (EU) announced on Thursday the appointment of Italian born Natalina Cea as head of the EU Border Mission in Libya (EUBAM) to assist in the management of Libyan borders. Cea is set to succeed Vincenzo Tagliaferri, who held...

Jan Kubis approved as new UN Libya envoy

Jan Kubis approved as new UN Libya envoy

Posted - 16th January 2021 NEW YORK--The United Nations Security Council approved on Friday the appointment of veteran diplomat Jan Kubis as the UN Libya envoy, diplomats said, nearly a year after the last mediator stepped down. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

HoR holds Libyan-African Gathering in Tripoli

HoR holds Libyan-African Gathering in Tripoli

Posted - 16th January 2021 Libyan-African Gathering convened Thursday in Tripoli in the presence of ambassadors, diplomats and the Turkish ambassador as an honorary guest. The gathering was an invitation by the House of Representatives and its Foreign Affairs and...

NOC Chairman discusses return of Italian firms to Libya

NOC Chairman discusses return of Italian firms to Libya

Posted - 15th January 2021 Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanalla met on Tuesday with the Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Buccino to discuss horizontal cooperation with Italian companies. The meeting which took place at the NOC's HQ...

Shipowners warned over new cocaine smuggling route through Libya

Shipowners warned over new cocaine smuggling route through Libya

Posted - 15th January 2021 Two recent seizures indicate traffickers are switching attention away from usual West African gateway to Europe Drugs traffickers are increasingly looking to North Africa as a transhipment point for cocaine, shipowners have been warned. Two...

NATO ready to support Libya: NATO chief

NATO ready to support Libya: NATO chief

Posted - 15th January 2021 Military alliance will help security building in Libya when conditions permit BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday the alliance is ready to contribute to security building in Libya once conditions allow. The NATO...

PM Sarraj, HoR discuss formation of GoNU

PM Sarraj, HoR discuss formation of GoNU

Posted - 14th January 2021 Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj on Tuesday convened a meeting with members of the House of Representatives (HoR) in Tripoli to discuss the establishment of a government of national unity (GoNU) aimed at creating an appropriate environment for...

UN calls for ‘Libyan-made’ solution to drawn-out war

UN calls for ‘Libyan-made’ solution to drawn-out war

Posted - 14th January 2021 Negotiations in Geneva this week aim to establish a voting mechanism for nationwide elections The UN said on Thursday it will not play any role in the formation of Libya’s next government as peace talks began in Geneva. Libya’s warring sides...

NOC Chairman discusses return of Italian firms to Libya

NOC Chairman discusses return of Italian firms to Libya

Posted - 14th January 2021 Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanalla met on Tuesday with the Italian Ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Buccino to discuss horizontal cooperation with Italian companies. The meeting which took place at the NOC's HQ...

Slovak Jan Kubis candidate to succeed Salame as new UNSMIL head

Slovak Jan Kubis candidate to succeed Salame as new UNSMIL head

Posted - 14th January 2021 Sources in the UN Security Council announced that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, is considering nominating the Slovak Jan Kubis (Kubiš) to succeed Ghassan Salame as UNSMIL head. The news was reported by the...

AP interview: Libyan minister hopes for support from Biden

AP interview: Libyan minister hopes for support from Biden

Posted - 14th January 2021 TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The powerful interior minister of Libya’s U.N.-backed government, seen as a contender for the post of prime minister, has expressed hopes that bringing stability to his war-torn country would become a top priority for...

Proposals for 2021 elections to be presented by LPDF committee

Proposals for 2021 elections to be presented by LPDF committee

Posted - 12th January 2021 The newly formed legal committee by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) held a virtual session to present their proposals regarding the basis of the national elections set to take place on 24 December 2021. During the virtual meeting,...

Libya’s Marine Transport Company buys new oil tanker

Libya’s Marine Transport Company buys new oil tanker

Posted - 12th January 2021 London, 12 January 2021: Libya’s state General National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC) announced today the acquisition of a new crude oil tanker named, Ebn Hawkel – 2021. The tanker joined its fleet yesterday. The GNMTC said the...

Libya´s rival governments discuss unifying 2021 budget

Libya´s rival governments discuss unifying 2021 budget

Posted - 12th January 2021 CAIRO (AP) - Officials from Libya´s rival governments met Tuesday in the strategic eastern oil town of Brega for talks aimed at unifying the national budget, officials said, another step forward in efforts to end the yearslong conflict in...

Aqila Saleh meets French officials in Paris

Aqila Saleh meets French officials in Paris

Posted - 12th January 2021 The head of Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), Aqila Saleh, arrived on Monday in Paris to meet with French officials. Tobruk-based parliament spokesman Abdullah Belhaq said that Saleh arrived in Paris at the official invitation of...

PROFITEERS, VULTURES, AND THE DEFEAT OF THE U.N. EMBARGO ON LIBYA

PROFITEERS, VULTURES, AND THE DEFEAT OF THE U.N. EMBARGO ON LIBYA

Posted - 12th January 2021 There is a U.N. embargo prohibiting arms shipments to Libya, but it is an abject failure. Its decade-long prohibitions have been openly flouted by various countries, to include states who are members in good standing of the so-called...

Italy, Qatar and Turkey in Libya

Italy, Qatar and Turkey in Libya

Posted - 11th January 2021 On Friday, January 8th the GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj met with an Italian government delegation led by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio; the official meeting took place in Palazzo Chigi. Italy keeps siding...

LPDF legal committee to continue meetings this week

LPDF legal committee to continue meetings this week

Posted - 11th January 2021 Members of the Political Dialogue Forum's (LPDF) Legal Committee have agreed to hold intensive sessions during this week to reach consensus around the constitutional basis for holding national elections in December of this year. According to...

Millions of Libyan historical documents at risk

Millions of Libyan historical documents at risk

Posted - 11th January 2021 National Libyan Archives at risk as Libyan Studies Centre is granted just days to vacate the premises The Libyan Studies Centre has been given three days to vacate the premises and hand over its headquarters by the General Authority of...

Libya minister: ‘Hopes greatly lifted’ by Biden’s victory

Libya minister: ‘Hopes greatly lifted’ by Biden’s victory

Posted - 10th January 2021 Libya’s powerful interior minister says he is relieved by Joe Biden’s US election victory; ready to work with president-elect. The powerful interior minister of Libya’s United Nations-recognised government, seen as a contender for the post...

UN says foresees deployment of Libya truce monitors

UN says foresees deployment of Libya truce monitors

Posted - 10th January 2021 UN Support Mission in Libya says deployment of international monitors aims to ensure implementation of cease-fire in Libya TRIPOLI, Libya Thu UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said Saturday it foresees the deployment of a limited number...

PM al-Sarraj meets Italian counterpart in Rome

PM al-Sarraj meets Italian counterpart in Rome

Posted - 09th January 2021 Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has welcomed the efforts made in the UN-led Libyan political process after announcing an agreement on legislative and presidential elections. Conte emphasized during his meeting with the Presidential...

Can the EU ever have boots on the ground in Libya?

Can the EU ever have boots on the ground in Libya?

Posted - 09th January 2021 Russia has been doing well in Libya — and it likes the fact that few seem to notice it. When describing the relationship between eastern Libyan-based commander Khalifa Haftar and the Kremlin, press articles have been littered with phrases...

NOC and GECOL to increase the use of renewable energy

NOC and GECOL to increase the use of renewable energy

Posted - 09th January 2021 Essential state owned energy institutions to work together on eliminating the power deficits and using more renewable energy sources Head of the national oil cooperation Mustafa Sanalla met with the head of General Electricity Company of...

Recalibrating German Security Policy three years after Libya

Recalibrating German Security Policy three years after Libya

Posted - 08th January 2021 The ideas behind the headlines from the Munich Security Conference had been ripening for years: Germany is ready to play a greater role in international crisis management. To make this policy viable, says Ekkehard Brose, a broad debate is...

UNSMIL continues to support Libyan Economic Dialogue

UNSMIL continues to support Libyan Economic Dialogue

Posted - 08th January 2021 The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has reiterated its commitment to continue supporting the Libyan Economic Dialogue to reinforce Libyan progress in consolidating the budget and improve the transparent management of oil revenues....

Turkey’s ENKA, Siemens to build 2 power plants in Libya

Turkey’s ENKA, Siemens to build 2 power plants in Libya

Posted - 08th January 2021 ENKA, one of Turkey's largest construction and energy companies, will partner with Munich-based engineering giant Siemens to build two power plants in civil war-torn Libya to meet the country’s growing electricity needs, the Turkish firm...

The Current Situation in Libya – A USIP Fact Sheet

The Current Situation in Libya – A USIP Fact Sheet

Posted - 08th January 2021 Download document (PDF | 1.31 MB) https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/the-current-situation-in-libya_0.pdf  Nine years after the fall of Muammar Qaddafi, Libya continues to struggle to end its violent conflict and build...

Presidential council approves public sector salary increase

Presidential council approves public sector salary increase

Posted - 06th January 2021 Just days after new exchange rate went into effect, 20% salary increase for public sector receives approvalThe head of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Serraj issued a statement approving earlier decision to increase the...

Priority access to cement for south Tripoli’s war damaged

Priority access to cement for south Tripoli’s war damaged

Posted - 06th January 2021 London, 6 January 2021: The Interior Ministry of the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli announced yesterday that residents of southern Tripoli that had suffered property damage during Khalifa Hafter’s war on Tripoli will...

Egypt works to alter Turkey’s Libya road map, and for personal use

Egypt works to alter Turkey’s Libya road map, and for personal use

Posted - 06th January 2021 The first official visit from Egypt to Libya's internationally recognized Tripoli government aims to prevent a possible military push against strategic Sirte under the control of the rival group. Turkey has been insisting on a Libya strategy...

Cairo and Tripoli reconnect

Cairo and Tripoli reconnect

Posted - 05th January 2021 Kamel Abdallah reviews the outcome of the first visit to Tripoli by a delegation of senior Egyptian officials since 2014 On 27 December a delegation of the Egyptian National Committee on Libya arrived in Tripoli. Delegation members met with...

Tunisia pushes for UN monitors for Libya’s frail ceasefire

Tunisia pushes for UN monitors for Libya’s frail ceasefire

Posted - 05th January 2021 UNITED NATIONS: Tunisia, the current president of the UN Security Council, called Monday for a resolution sending international monitors to support Libya's brittle ceasefire to be adopted as soon as possible. "We hope that it will be adopted...

Mahjoub denies objections to the deployment of ceasefire monitors

Mahjoub denies objections to the deployment of ceasefire monitors

Posted - 05th January 2021 Haftar Representative contradicts earlier claims of objections to UN proposal to deploy ceasefire monitors in Libya In a contradictory statement, Director of Haftar’s Moral Guidance Department General Khaled al-Mahjoub denies that Haftar’s...

Yara sells Libyan business to NOC

Yara sells Libyan business to NOC

Posted - 04th January 2021 Norway’s Yara has agreed to sell its entire stake in the Libyan Norwegian Fertiliser Co. (LIFECO) to the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) and the National Oil Corp. (NOC). The deal has an effective date of December 31, 2020. The transaction...

Libya’s NOC eyes 1.2 million oil bpd in 2021, Chairman says

Libya’s NOC eyes 1.2 million oil bpd in 2021, Chairman says

Posted - 04th January 2021 The Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) Mustafa Sanallah has said they are aiming to reach 1.2 million oil barrels per day (bpd) in 2021, adding that this aim is part of the NOC plan for the new year. Sanallah added on...

Libyans begin using new currency rate after years of division

Libyans begin using new currency rate after years of division

Posted - 03rd January 2021 Unifying the exchange rate was a condition agreed in a deal between Libya's rival powers Libyans on Sunday began using a new unified currency rate aimed at ending discrepancies between the rates used in the country's divided west and east...

LPDF members call for an end to all foreign intervention in Libya

LPDF members call for an end to all foreign intervention in Libya

Posted - 03rd January 2021 Members called for the removal of Turkish Military bases demand the UN expel foreign forces from Libya A total of 36 members from the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum called on the United Nations Security Council to expel any and all foreign...

NOC agrees to a deal to drill ten water wells in southern towns

NOC agrees to a deal to drill ten water wells in southern towns

Posted - 03rd January 2021 The National Oil Corporation (NOC) has signed a contract to drill ten water wells in Ubari, Al-Ghuraifa, and Bint Bayyah municipalities in the southern region in efforts to end the problem of water shortage in these areas. The NOC expressed...

Conte and Biden discuss future developments in Libya

Conte and Biden discuss future developments in Libya

Posted - 03rd January 2021 Italian Prime Minister affirms Italy's investment in the Libyan crisis in a phone call with US president electItaly’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte held a telephone meeting with the United States president-elect Joe Biden to discuss...

Al-Reaid: Libyan businessmen delegation to visit Cairo in February

Al-Reaid: Libyan businessmen delegation to visit Cairo in February

Posted - 03rd January 2021 The Head of the General Union of the Libyan Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture Chambers, Mohammad Al-Reaid, said Friday a delegation of Libyan businessmen will visit Cairo next February to discuss investment and trade cooperation in...

Misrata airport resumes flights

Misrata airport resumes flights

Posted - 02nd January 2021 Misrata International Airport announced the resumption of flights on Friday, one of which was a flight by the Libyan Wings to Tunis Carthage Airport. Libyan Wings announced that it is due to operate scheduled flights from the airport at the...

Passports Authority contracts IBM to develop electronic visa system

Passports Authority contracts IBM to develop electronic visa system

Posted - 02nd January 2021 The Passports Authority signed on Thursday a contract with  the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), an American multinational technology and consulting company , to develop the electronic visa system. This came within the...

Opec+ meeting to allocate February crude quotas

Opec+ meeting to allocate February crude quotas

Posted - 02nd January 2021 The Opec+ alliance will meet on 4 January tasked with deciding whether and how to adjust crude production quotas for February, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to muddy the market outlook. The gathering will see the Opec+ group, which...

Conte urges Biden to pay more attention to Libya’s status quo

Conte urges Biden to pay more attention to Libya’s status quo

Posted - 01st January 2021 The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he spoke to the US President-elect Joe Biden and discussed the situation in Libya, reminding him of the need for more US attention to the Libyan crisis. In a press conference in Rome,...

Russia’s Geopolitical Ambitions in Africa

Russia’s Geopolitical Ambitions in Africa

Posted - 01st January 2021 Just over a year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin, appearing against a blaze of national flags representing 40 African countries, addressed a large audience of heads of states and government officials in Sochi, Russia. He was presiding...

Viewpoint: Libyan recovery key to Med crude complex

Viewpoint: Libyan recovery key to Med crude complex

Posted - 31st December 2020 The outlook for the Mediterranean crude market next year is heavily dependent on the stability of recently restored Libyan exports. Blockades imposed by the Libyan National Army (LNA) halted much of the north African country's crude output...

Biden Needs To Repudiate Obama’s Policy Legacy: The Case of Libya

Biden Needs To Repudiate Obama’s Policy Legacy: The Case of Libya

Posted - 31st December 2020 If Joe Biden wants to produce a constructive record in foreign policy, he needs to repudiate much of the Obama-Biden administration’s foreign policy legacy. In particular, he must demonstrate that the United States is out of the forcible...

UN chief seeks dispatching of truce monitors to Libya

UN chief seeks dispatching of truce monitors to Libya

Posted - 31st December 2020 Guterres wants to set up a monitoring group that would include civilians and retired soldiers from regional groups such as the African Union, European Union and Arab League. UN, NEW YORK- UN chief Antonio Guterres has proposed the...

UN asks Libya’s Dialogue Forum to convene Wednesday

UN asks Libya’s Dialogue Forum to convene Wednesday

Posted - 30th December 2020 TRIPOLI, Libya The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has called on the Libyan Dialogue Forum to convene on Wednesday to discuss developments in the war-torn country. UNSMIL sent invitations to the Forum members late Monday to...

After seven envoys in nine years, is the UN failing Libya?

After seven envoys in nine years, is the UN failing Libya?

Posted - 30th December 2020 A change in the UN’s approach and strategy is needed, not its personnel. The sixth UN special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, resigned in his role early March this year, after nearly three years in the post. Salame was appointed Head of the...

Libya Optimistic about Developing Ties with Egypt

Libya Optimistic about Developing Ties with Egypt

Posted - 30th December 2020 Egypt has remained silent on an optimism expressed by Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), as a high-ranking delegation concluded a first visit by Egyptian officials to Tripoli since 2014. Deputy Prime Minister of the GNA Ahmed Omar...

Greece opposes continued Turkish intervention in Libya

Greece opposes continued Turkish intervention in Libya

Posted - 28th December 2020 Greek says that Turkey cannot hope to join the EU if it continues to violate human rights and laws The Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias expressed his country’s concern with the Turkish plans to establish a base on the coast of Libya...

Cairo opens up to western Libya in bid to counter Turkish influence

Cairo opens up to western Libya in bid to counter Turkish influence

Posted - 28th December 2020 Visit by senior Egyptian intelligence official and diplomats to Tripoli could be the prelude to other steps. TRIPOLI – Egypt has decided to be more open to the Government of National Accord (GNA) headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, a move that...

Egyptian delegation visits Tripoli for Libya talks

Egyptian delegation visits Tripoli for Libya talks

Posted - 27th December 2020 Visit to Tripoli is the first by an official Egyptian delegation since 2014 TRIPOLI, Libya  An Egyptian delegation arrived in Tripoli on Sunday to meet with Libyan officials, marking the first visit by an official Egyptian delegation to the...

Turkey’s defence minister flies to Libya: Media report

Turkey’s defence minister flies to Libya: Media report

Posted - 27th December 2020 Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar travelled to Libya on Saturday flanked by top military officers to inspect Turkish units in the war-torn country, the official Anadolu news agency reported. The unscheduled visit comes after Libyan...

Yearender 2020: War and peace in Libya

Yearender 2020: War and peace in Libya

Posted - 27th December 2020 A final settlement remains out of reach to the Libyan conflict despite a year of negotiations between the country’s warring factions under the auspices of the UN This year was another year of major political, military, and economic ups and...

Ghadames 127 HoR members meet virtually

Ghadames 127 HoR members meet virtually

Posted - 25th December 2020 The 127 bloc of House of Representatives members held a virtual session on Monday and Tuesday (21-22 December), after they were unable to hold their meeting in the city of Ghadames as planned, the Moderate (HoR) Parliamentary Bloc reported....

Turkey bolsters influence across North Africa’s Maghreb

Turkey bolsters influence across North Africa’s Maghreb

Posted - 25th December 2020 Turkey is boosting its influence across North Africa, analysts say, intervening militarily in war-torn Libya and using “soft power”, trade and investment in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. While Turkish-made drones have won battles in Libya,...

Libyan government approves a 20% increase in public salaries

Libyan government approves a 20% increase in public salaries

Posted - 24th December 2020 TRIPOLI: Libya's internationally recognised government on Tuesday approved a 20% raise in public sector wages, a spokesman said, boosting a key source of income for many Libyans that has been eroded by inflation. Public salaries account for...

Cause for quiet optimism in the East Med

Cause for quiet optimism in the East Med

Posted - 23rd December 2020 Political stability and multilateral collaboration are essential to fulfilling the region’s economic potential The geopolitical scene in the Eastern Mediterranean is being reshaped by oil and gas discoveries. Alliances are constantly...

Reviving Libya’s Economy

Reviving Libya’s Economy

Posted - 23rd December 2020 In an interview with the French newspaper "Le Figaro", the Vice President of Libya’s Presidency Council, Ahmed Maiteeq, discussed several important questions and topics related to the future of Libya in many fields. Ahmed Maiteeq spoke in...

Bulgarian diplomat won’t take up UN’s Libya envoy job

Bulgarian diplomat won’t take up UN’s Libya envoy job

Posted - 23rd December 2020 The Bulgarian diplomat Nickolay Mladenov has told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres he will be unable to take up the role as United Nations Libya envoy next year due to "personal and family reasons," the UN spokesman said on Tuesday....

China’s Libya Policy and the BRI: Sights Set on the Future

China’s Libya Policy and the BRI: Sights Set on the Future

Posted - 22nd December 2020 This essay is part of the series “All About China”—a journey into the history and diverse culture of China through essays that shed light on the lasting imprint of China’s past encounters with the Islamic world as well as an exploration of...

Turkish parliament approves Libya troops motion

Turkish parliament approves Libya troops motion

Posted - 22nd December 2020 Lawmakers extend deployment of Turkish troops in war-torn country for another 18 months The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved a motion calling for an extension in troop deployment in Libya for another 18 months. While the ruling...

US Embassy confirms commitment to building opportunities in Libya

US Embassy confirms commitment to building opportunities in Libya

Posted - 22nd December 2020 The US Embassy in Libya has reaffirmed its commitment to building opportunities in Libya by improving the business climate for innovation, new businesses, and foreign investment. ‎”Libya's next generation of entrepreneurs and business...

Libya in uneasy peace as oil revenue remains frozen

Libya in uneasy peace as oil revenue remains frozen

Posted - 22nd December 2020 The recent peace talks in Geneva under the aegis of the United Nations have led to guarded optimism about a restart for the Libyan economy. But the fraught question of dividing up oil revenue among factions continues to dog progress. The UN...

Thousands of Libyans reject UN solutions

Thousands of Libyans reject UN solutions

Posted - 21st December 2020 A petition signed by thousands of Libyans stating that the peace process in Libya cannot include individuals who have contributed to the destabilisation and destruction of the country was sent to the UN, European Union and the United...

Libya and Italy agree to begin works on coastal road

Libya and Italy agree to begin works on coastal road

Posted - 20th December 2020 The Joint Libyan-Italian Technical Committee for Economic Cooperation has agreed to begin works related to the construction of a coastal motorway, linking the east and west of Libya, due to start in the spring of 2021. This came during a...

Libyan Investment Authority Reclaims Control of U.K. Assets

Libyan Investment Authority Reclaims Control of U.K. Assets

Posted - 20th December 2020 Libya’s sovereign wealth fund, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), had some success in London Commercial Court. The LIA is bringing an end to three receiverships first established by the English Courts in 2015 and conclusively affirming...

Russia company TATNEFT to resume oil exploration in Libya, Syria

Russia company TATNEFT to resume oil exploration in Libya, Syria

Posted - 20th December 2020 TATNEFT Company suspended its operations in Libya following the revolution of 17 February, 2011 – NOC A Russian oil company intends to resume production and exploration operations in a number of sites in Syria and Libya, after its...

Peace hopes growing to end long-running civil war

Peace hopes growing to end long-running civil war

Posted - 19th December 2020 The UN is continuing attempts to broker peace to end Libya’s deadly civil war and a preliminary deal was agreed in early September. But, with so many factions involved, and major countries backing both sides, no-one can predict what will...

How Joe Biden must view Libya

How Joe Biden must view Libya

Posted - 19th December 2020 How should the new administration of Joe Biden think about Libya? That country has tried for a decade to create some semblance of stability in the aftermath of the fall of Muammar Gaddafi almost a decade ago. There has been some positive...

Flights between Tripoli and Sfax resume after 10-year stoppage

Flights between Tripoli and Sfax resume after 10-year stoppage

Posted - 18th December 2020 Tripoli, Dec. 16, 2020 Flights from Libya’s Tripoli-Maatiga International Airport to the Tunisian city of Sfax resumed on Tuesday after a stoppage that lasted nearly 10 years, a source close to the management of the airport in the Tunisian...

Libya, Bosnia discuss cooperation

Libya, Bosnia discuss cooperation

Posted - 18th December 2020 The Director General of the Libyan Foreign Investment Company discussed on Monday with the President of the Bosnian Chamber of Foreign Trade the activation of the joint Libyan-Bosnian Business Council. They discussed establishing a...

The Arab Spring a Decade Later: A Balance Sheet

The Arab Spring a Decade Later: A Balance Sheet

Posted - 17th December 2020 Ten years ago - on December 17, 2010 - a small-town Tunisian street vendor set himself ablaze in frustration at official neglect and indifference, sparking the biggest and most consequential uprisings in the Arab world in 75 years. Rulers...

NOC unfazed in the face of blackmail attempts and bomb threats

NOC unfazed in the face of blackmail attempts and bomb threats

Posted - 17th December 2020 In a statement, the National Oil Cooperation condemned the attempts of an armed group, under the cover of legitimacy to intervene in the official business and technical responsibilities of Brega Petroleum Marketing Company. The statement...

Italy PM flies in as Libya frees Sicilian fishermen

Italy PM flies in as Libya frees Sicilian fishermen

Posted - 17th December 2020 Eighteen fishermen including eight Sicilians who were held in Libya for more than three months have been freed, Italy's prime minister and foreign minister said Thursday after visiting Benghazi to secure their release. "Our fishermen are...

Libya, Italy discuss activation of military cooperation agreements

Libya, Italy discuss activation of military cooperation agreements

Posted - 17th December 2020 The Minister of Defense of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Salah Al-Din Al-Namroush, discussed with the Italian ambassador to Libyan, Guiseppe Buccino, the measures which need to be taken to activate the joint military-technical...

GECOL briefs HoR on achievements, stalled projects

GECOL briefs HoR on achievements, stalled projects

Posted - 17th December 2020 The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) Wiam al-Abdali, and the Director-General of the Company, Ibrahim al-Falah, gave a briefing on Tuesday, before the Tripoli-based House of...

Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

Russian Influence in the Mediterranean

Posted - 15th December 2020 Earlier this month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in comments at the MED Dialogue, accused the United States of playing political games in the Mediterranean and stalling the appointment of a new UN Special Representative of...

Malta offers Libya the ‘best weapon’ – education

Malta offers Libya the ‘best weapon’ – education

Posted - 15th December 2020 Malta has offered Libya assistance in the education sector, in what Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo equated as offering the North African country the best possible weapon. Bartolo and Education Minister Justyne Caruana visited Tripoli on...

UN chief proposes new envoys to mediate Libya and Middle East

UN chief proposes new envoys to mediate Libya and Middle East

Posted - 15th December 2020 United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proposed new envoys to mediate conflicts in Libya and the Middle East, who could be given the greenlight by the UN Security Council on Tuesday after months of delay, diplomats said. Mr...

Pakistan offers to help train Libyan Army

Pakistan offers to help train Libyan Army

Posted - 15th December 2020 The Libyan Defense Minister Salah Al-Namroush met Monday with the Pakistani military attaché Atef Talha and discussed boosting cooperation between the two countries' Defense Ministries. Libya's Defense Ministry said on Facebook that the...

Libyan economic talks kick off in Geneva

Libyan economic talks kick off in Geneva

Posted - 15th December 2020 The technical meeting on critical reform to the Libyan economy kicked off yesterday in Geneva to discuss currency reform, the banking crisis, the unification of the national budget, including a time table to implement these reforms. In a...

Namroush manoeuvres as Ankara’s man in Libya

Namroush manoeuvres as Ankara’s man in Libya

Posted - 14th December 2020 Turkey views the proposal of a Saleh-Bashagha tandem as a threat to its maritime border demarcation agreement with the GNA that has angered Paris and Athens. TRIPOLI – The successive statements issued by the Minister of Defence in the...

Massive cocaine shipment stopped on the way to Libya

Massive cocaine shipment stopped on the way to Libya

Posted - 13th December 2020 Discovery of a record-breaking amount of cocaine was made at the Freeport with the illicit drug being smuggled within pallets carrying cooking oil. The 612kg worth of cocaine was intercepted by Maltese customs on their way to Libya from...

Libya 4WD road warriors on bumpy ride to revive tourism

Libya 4WD road warriors on bumpy ride to revive tourism

Posted - 13th December 2020 Foreigners are still staying clear of the country after a decade of war -- but some 1,000 Libyans recently set off in a pioneering convoy of 300 all-terrain vehicles through the sandy wilderness. Hopeful that the October truce will hold,...

Libya: New natural gas well joins line of production

Libya: New natural gas well joins line of production

Posted - 13th December 2020 Sirte Oil and Gas Company said Saturday it had starting production in a new natural gas well that had been linked to gas factory at Al-Istiklal field. The company added in a statement that the well would produce 6 million square feet of...

Interior Ministry signs MoU to with Swiss-based DCAF

Interior Ministry signs MoU to with Swiss-based DCAF

Posted - 13th December 2020 The Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha signed on Friday a memorandum of understanding with the Geneva Center for Security Sector Governance (DCAF) to strengthen security sector governance in Libya. According to the Interior Ministry, the...

Turkey – Presidency sends Libya troops motion to parliament

Turkey – Presidency sends Libya troops motion to parliament

Posted - 12th December 2020 Turkey's presidency on Dec. 12 submitted a motion to parliament to extend troop deployment in Libya for 18 months. "The risks and threats are coming from Libya to Turkey and the whole region. In the case of restart of the so-called Libyan...

Libyan Women Seek Greater Participation in Peace Talks

Libyan Women Seek Greater Participation in Peace Talks

Posted - 12th December 2020 Libyan women played an influential role in the country's popular protests that led to the downfall of Moammar Gadhafi's regime in October 2011.    Nine years later, as Libya's warring parties discuss a road map to end a civil war and hold...

€927 million in cars, cash, boats breaching Libya sanctions seized

€927 million in cars, cash, boats breaching Libya sanctions seized

Posted - 12th December 2020 The merchandise, including stolen cars, was seized between 2018 and 2020 A total of €927,294,000 worth of goods headed to Libya, including stolen cars, have been seized by Customs between 2018 and 2020.  Malta Customs said on Friday that...

Libya economic talks set for Geneva next week – U.N.

Libya economic talks set for Geneva next week – U.N.

Posted - 12th December 2020 GENEVA — The U.N. acting envoy on Libya Stephanie Williams will host an economic working group from Dec. 14-15 in Geneva, to discuss policy reforms, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Friday. The talks, co-chaired by Egypt, the European Union and...

Libyan oil exports to jump to 1.24 mil b/d in Dec: sources

Libyan oil exports to jump to 1.24 mil b/d in Dec: sources

Posted - 11th December 2020 London — Libyan crude and condensate exports are poised to jump to a 13-month high of 1.24 million b/d this month, according to S&P Global Platts estimates compiled using data from shipping and trading sources. his comes as Libya's oil...

Algeria’s View of Libya’s Crisis

Algeria’s View of Libya’s Crisis

Posted - 11th December 2020 Giorgio Cafiero says the Neighbouring North African country’s non-interference stance is informed by Algeria’s own experiences under French colonial rule. Following NATO’s intervention in Libya in 2011, the oil-rich North African country...

Libya Frees Two Russians Held On Suspicion of Election Meddling

Libya Frees Two Russians Held On Suspicion of Election Meddling

Posted - 11th December 2020 (Bloomberg) -- Libya released two Russians held for the past 18 months on suspicion of election meddling, removing a key source of tension between the internationally recognized government in Tripoli and the Kremlin. Maxim Shugaley and...

Libya talks digital transformation with KPMG, meets UK officials

Libya talks digital transformation with KPMG, meets UK officials

Posted - 10th December 2020 National Oil Corp. (NOC) and KPMG Tunisia have reached a deal on new financial and administration systems. The Libyan company said it aimed to mechanise its works and introduce digital technology across its operations. NOC will use the new...

GECOL to resume work at Ubari power plant project

GECOL to resume work at Ubari power plant project

Posted - 10th December 2020 The General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) discussed on Wednesday the completion of the Ubari gas power station project, in order to operate the first and second turbines, with a capacity of 640 megawatts. GECOL’s meeting dealt with...

UN to Cooperate with African Union Over Libya

UN to Cooperate with African Union Over Libya

Posted - 09th December 2020 The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, stated that he is looking forward to cooperating with the African Union in order to hold a Libyan national reconciliation conference. He stressed that the partnership between...

Can Biden’s “America is back” pledge bring stability to Libya?

Can Biden’s “America is back” pledge bring stability to Libya?

Posted - 09th December 2020 If Biden could rein in the likes of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, experts say he may pressure such leaders to reduce their involvement in Libya. Soon after winning the United States presidential...

The National Oil Corporation and KPMG Tunisia sign a contract….

The National Oil Corporation and KPMG Tunisia sign a contract….

Posted - 09th December 2020 The National Oil Corporation and KPMG Tunisia sign a contract to use an advisory office for the project of developing a comprehensive system of financial and administrative systems, international marketing, and following-up production and...

WHY TURKEY INTERVENED IN LIBYA

WHY TURKEY INTERVENED IN LIBYA

Posted - 07th December 2020 Through a historical analysis of Turkey’s military intervention in Libya, this essay identifies the various motivations, reasonings, and threat perceptions underlying Ankara’s current Libya strategy. On January 2, 2020, the Turkish...

Libya’s November oil revenue exceeds $700 million

Libya’s November oil revenue exceeds $700 million

Posted - 07th December 2020 The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced that exports of crude oil, gas and condensate, petroleum products and petrochemicals for the month of November 2020 have amounted to over $700 million with an increase of %204 from last...

Belgian companies circumvent arms embargo to Turkey

Belgian companies circumvent arms embargo to Turkey

Posted - 07th December 2020 A loophole in export legislation is allowing Flemish companies to export parts for aircraft involved in conflict in Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, De Morgen reports. In October last year, Turkey took sides in the conflict in Syria, backing...

UK ambassador to Libya says ready to help in demining efforts

UK ambassador to Libya says ready to help in demining efforts

Posted - 07th December 2020 The ambassador of the United Kingdom (UK) Nicholas Hopton said Britain was ready to assist Libya in clearing mines and DNA tests to identify the victims of the war on Tripoli, a statement by the Defense Ministry said. Hopton and Libyan...

Why 20,000 foreign fighters are not Libya’s biggest problem

Why 20,000 foreign fighters are not Libya’s biggest problem

Posted - 06th December 2020 Could talks that recently resulted in a cease-fire and set a date for an election finally help push dangerous international players out of Libya? During the latest round of talks on Libya's future, the acting UN special representative...

OPEC exempts Libya from oil production cut

OPEC exempts Libya from oil production cut

Posted - 06th December 2020 Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) announced on Friday that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) had exempted it from production cuts because of difficult conditions facing the country. A statement issued by the NOC...

Cost of War in Libya surpasses USD576b

Cost of War in Libya surpasses USD576b

Posted - 05th December 2020 (MENAFN) The cost of the clash in Libya since its outburst in 2011 has surpassed USD576 billion, a new study published on Wednesday, December 2, by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) revealed. Named...

Libya’s NOC and Total plan Mabruk oil field rehabilitation

Libya’s NOC and Total plan Mabruk oil field rehabilitation

Posted - 05th December 2020 Executives of Libya’s National Oil Corp (NOC) and French firm Total met in on Dec 1 to discuss current preparations to rehabilitate the Mabruk Oil Field which was damaged during a 2015 attack. The rehabilitation is to be fast-tracked and...

Libya, Italy ink military cooperation deal

Libya, Italy ink military cooperation deal

Posted - 05th December 2020 ISTANBUL Libya and Italy signed an agreement on military cooperation on Friday. “We agreed with Italy to cooperate in the fields of military training, experience sharing, support, development, maintenance and consultancy,” Libya’s Defense...

Libyans cast votes on mechanism to select top officials

Libyans cast votes on mechanism to select top officials

Posted - 05th December 2020 TRIPOLI, Libya The participants in the Libyan political dialogue forum started on Thursday to vote on the proposals and suggestions over the mechanisms to select Libyan top officials. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, a member of the dialogue...

Libya Moves Closer To Resolving Quarrel Over Oil Revenues

Libya Moves Closer To Resolving Quarrel Over Oil Revenues

Posted - 04th December 2020 Libya’s UN-recognized government said on Wednesday that an urgent meeting of all stakeholders involved had agreed to work toward unfreezing Libya’s oil revenues, an essential part of the OPEC member’s budget income. A meeting earlier this...

Continued disagreement over naming of UN Libya envoy

Continued disagreement over naming of UN Libya envoy

Posted - 03rd December 2020 The pending issue is naming a replacement for Nickolay Mladenov, UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process. New York--Disagreement continues in the corridors of the United Nations over the appointment of a new UN envoy to Libya to...

Libya: Follow The Money, Militias and Mercs

Libya: Follow The Money, Militias and Mercs

Posted - 03rd December 2020 In Morocco the GNA (Government of National Accord) and HoR (House of Representatives) are holding another round of UN-sponsored negotiations. This follows November 1 talks in Ghadames (465 kilometers south of Tripoli, where the Tunisian,...

surely you build security capability when times are bad not when they're good?

NATO ready to support Libya: NATO chief https://www.aa.com.tr/en/politics/nato-ready-to-support-libya-nato-chief/2110489

UN calls for ‘Libyan-made’ solution to drawn-out war

https://www.libyaconsultancy.com/news/un-calls-for-libyan-made-solution-to-drawn-out-war/

AP interview: Libyan minister hopes for support from Biden https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-turkey-libya-tunisia-islamic-state-group-a6730818ce23b78283cda430abc32c56

Slovak Jan Kubis candidate to succeed Salame as new UNSMIL head | https://www.libyaherald.com/2021/01/13/slovak-jan-kubis-candidate-to-succeed-salame-as-new-unsmil-head/

Biden chooses middle east expert Burns as CIA chief. Historically Burns had responsibility of the Libyan file and visited Libya repeatedly when he was Deputy Secretary of State. This could be to Libya's benefit.

We’re looking for a part-time, remote #SocialMedia expert! You must be fluent in English and have a high level of proficiency in Arabic (fluency in Libyan dialect preferred). If you think you can help, get in touch and tell us how!🚀(in English please)

#Libya #HumanRights #Job

Profiteers, Vultures, and the Defeat of the U.N. Embargo on Libya - War on the Rocks https://warontherocks.com/2021/01/profiteers-vultures-and-the-defeat-of-the-u-n-embargo-on-libya/

@UN monitors will be game-changers for #Libya, but challenges lie ahead, via @LibyaConsultan1 https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/mena/un-monitors-will-be-game-changers-for-libya-but-challenges-lie-ahead-1.1144459 via @TheNationalNews

CBL to commence the sale of foreign currency to the public https://www.libyanexpress.com/cbl-to-commence-the-sale-of-foreign-currency-to-the-public/

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