Erdoğan, Trump agree to work more closely in Libya to ensure stability

14/07/2020 – President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his United States counterpart Donald Trump agreed in a phone call Tuesday to work more closely in Libya to ensure lasting stability in the country, according to Turkey’s Communications Directorate. Continuer à lire … « Erdoğan, Trump agree to work more closely in Libya to ensure stability »

Eastern-based Libyan parliament asks Egypt to intervene in war

14/07/2020 – Libya’s eastern-based parliament has called for Egypt to directly intervene in the country’s civil war to counter Turkish support for the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), based in the capital Tripoli.

In a statement late on Monday, the House of Representatives based in the eastern port of Tobruk said Egyptian backing was needed to stave off what it described as a Turkish invasion and occupation. Continuer à lire … « Eastern-based Libyan parliament asks Egypt to intervene in war »

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Cyrpus, Bahrain urge UN not to register Turkish maritime boundaries deal with GNA #Libya

13/07/2020 – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Greece, and Cyprus called on the United Nations not to register the maritime boundaries deal signed between Turkey and Prime Minister of the Government of the National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj, according to a well-placed source at the UN. Continuer à lire … « Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Cyrpus, Bahrain urge UN not to register Turkish maritime boundaries deal with GNA #Libya »

Erdogan: Mercenaries must be expelled from Libya

13/07/2020 – The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressed the necessity of ridding Libya of foreign mercenaries, calling on the international community to back the legitimate Government of National Accord (GNA). Continuer à lire … « Erdogan: Mercenaries must be expelled from Libya »

Turkey transfers 1400 Tunisian extremists into Libya, report

13/07/2020 – Over a thousand extremists from Tunisia were transferred into Libya by Turkey during the past few days, Saudi media reports. Continuer à lire … « Turkey transfers 1400 Tunisian extremists into Libya, report »

Turkish expansionism in Libya leads to Algerian-French rapprochement

11/07/2020 – Frequent contacts between Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron are signalling closer coordination between the two countries about issues in the region, especially those related to the Sahel-Saharan region and Libya.This comes at a time when the Algerian mediation to find a solution to the Libyan file seems to be in need of broader support in order to bypass the confines of political contention. Continuer à lire … « Turkish expansionism in Libya leads to Algerian-French rapprochement »

Libyan Army Says ‘Ready for Any Military Act’

11/07/2020 – The Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar has pledged to deter Turkish forces that are backing Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya’s war.

The LNA is “ready for any military act,” it announced on Friday.

Its statement came as Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) lifted force majeure on all oil exports as a Vitol tanker loaded at Es Sider after a half-year standstill.

« The increase in production will take a long time, » NOC said.

NOC chief Mustafa Sanalla welcomed the resumption of oil production, saying: « We are very glad finally to be able to take this important step to national recovery. »

The US embassy hailed news that the NOC had lifted force majeure « and resumed its vital work on behalf of all Libyans. »

It vowed to cooperate with the UN mission in Libya to ensure « revenues are not misappropriated but rather preserved for the benefit of the Libyan people ».

France’s embassy also rejected « the militarization of oil installations » and stressed « the importance of preserving NOC neutrality ».

Libya produced 1.22 million barrels per day (bpd) before January and had planned to increase production to 2.1 million bpd by 2024, the NOC said this week.

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Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali) |Photo illustration : Author: AFP

Libya – Sirte-Jufra Operations Room declares Abu Grein to Buwairat Hasson area military zone

10/07/2020 – The Sirte-Jufra Protection and Security Operations Room of the Government of National Accord (GNA) has declared the areas of Abu Grein, Al-Wishka and Buwairat Hasson as a military zone, saying in a statement that movements aren’t allowed in the zone. Continuer à lire … « Libya – Sirte-Jufra Operations Room declares Abu Grein to Buwairat Hasson area military zone »

Tunisian military shoot at vehicles crossing illegally from Libya

08/07/2020 – Tunisian army troops on the border with Libya shot Tuesday night at vehicles that crossed into Tunisia, said a statement by the Tunisian Ministry of Defence.There were no reports of casualties. Continuer à lire … « Tunisian military shoot at vehicles crossing illegally from Libya »

Italian Senate approves funding for military mission in Libya

08/08/2020 – The Italian Senate has agreed to resume funding of Italy’s military mission in Libya to train Libyan coastguards in efforts to end illegal immigration.

260 MPs approved the funding motion at the Italian Senate, while 14 others opposed it and two MPs abstained from voting, as Five Stars Movement hailed the commitment of Italy to support the Government of National Accord in fighting illegal immigration, according to Italian news agency Aki. Continuer à lire … « Italian Senate approves funding for military mission in Libya »