Libyan minister met with Israeli officials in ‘secret’ meeting

Libyan Minister of Media, Culture and Antiquities for the General National Congress in the eastern Beida authority, Omar Al-Gawairi, (left) with Israeli Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara, (centre) and Chairman of the Union of Libyan Jews, Raphael Luzon, (right) in Rhodes, Greece, posted online on 30 June 2017 An east Libyan minister has been pictured meeting with two prominent Israelis over the weekend. The Minister of Media, Culture and Antiquities for the General National Congress in the eastern Beida authority, Omar Al-Gawairi, who is linked with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, “secretly” attended a conference on the right of return for … Continue reading Libyan minister met with Israeli officials in ‘secret’ meeting

Gaddafi’s son Saif Al Islam is released from prison in Libya

Image of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [File photo] Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif Al Islam, has been released from prison by rebels in western Libya. He was being held by an armed group controlling the town of Zintan since November 2011. The Abu Bakr al-Sadiq Brigade said Saif Al Islam was released on Friday, “the 14th day of the month of Ramadan” under an amnesty agreed by the parliament based in the east. According to reports from Libya, the son of the dead dictator is now with his relatives in the city of Al-Bayda, … Continue reading Gaddafi’s son Saif Al Islam is released from prison in Libya

Libya to be divided into 7 military zones

Smoke rises from clashes between the various militant factions fighting over control of Libya The Presidency Council in Tripoli has announced plans for the formation of seven military zones across Libya. They will cover Tripoli, Benghazi, Tobruk, Sebha, Kufra and the Central and Western regions. Each zone will be headed by a commander who will be appointed by and have to report to the head of the Libyan army, which will be under the council’s control. Financial backing will come from the ministry of defence, which will also help in the training of the troops involved. It is unclear how … Continue reading Libya to be divided into 7 military zones

Libya to pay $300m in medical debts to Jordan

Image of destroyed buildings and vehicles due to the ongoing violence in Libya Libya has been told it owes Jordanian hospitals approximately $300 million in unpaid debts for treating its citizens. During a visit by a Libyan delegation last week, the Jordan’s Private Hospitals Association informed the group of the debts which the delegation agreed to pay. A committee tasked with settling the issue of the Libyan medical debts along with staff from the Libyan embassy in Amman met with representatives from the country’s hospitals and agreed to settle the bill, a statement said. Read: Haftar’s forces claim victory in battles in east … Continue reading Libya to pay $300m in medical debts to Jordan

Libya: Ghwell Militias Prep for New Battle in Tripoli

Khalifa Ghwell, a self-declared prime minister, gestures during an interview with Reuters, in Tripoli, Libya, February 1, 2017. Picture taken February 1, 2017 Cairo – Former Prime Minister of the National Salvation Government Khalifa al-Ghwell stated that he tried to reach an agreement with Akilah Saleh, speaker of the parliament in Tobruk, and Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani to form a new government to substitute Sarraj government. Ghwell denounced the meddling of Italy in the internal affair and seizing, supported by pro-Sarraj militias, his headquarters in Tripoli. He considered that the latest aggressive incidents that occurred in the past week were … Continue reading Libya: Ghwell Militias Prep for New Battle in Tripoli

Libya’s Serraj Warns against Attempts on Reinstating a Military Junta

Libyan Prime Minister is greeted upon arrival in Tripoli, Libya March 30, 2016 Cairo – Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj leading the internationally-backed government of national accord in Tripoli warned on agendas desperately working to reestablish a military dictatorship in Libya. Serraj is scheduled to visit Russian capital, Moscow, later this week. The Libyan Prime Minister of the UN-backed government in Tripoli is scheduled to arrive in Moscow within days, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. The visit is seen as a step towards overcoming a deadlock in the country between the Tripoli government … Continue reading Libya’s Serraj Warns against Attempts on Reinstating a Military Junta

How serious is Russia’s commitment to Libya settlement?

A member of east Libyan forces holds his weapon as he stands in front of a destroyed house in Benghazi, Libya, Jan. 28, 2017 A rare attempt to broker a deal last week in Cairo between the rival governments of Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and Gen. Khalifa Hifter generated a lot of speculation, although the talks failed. Delegations representing Sarraj’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, and governing bodies supporting Hifter in Tobruk, arrived in Egypt for a number of meetings, including what had promised to be the first face-to-face encounter between the two leaders in their … Continue reading How serious is Russia’s commitment to Libya settlement?