U.S., Libya Suspect Maduro-Haftar Gold Trade Scheme

11/07/2020 – The United States and Libya are probing a suspected scheme in which eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar is allegedly paying Nicolas Maduro’s regime in Venezuela U.S. dollars in exchange for gold, The Wall Street Journal quoting Western and Libyan security officials.
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France admits political support for Haftar, denies military backup

09/07/2020 – The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Paris provided Khalifa Haftar political support but not military one, adding that his country is giving Haftar’s forces political consultations, according to Le Figaro. Continuer à lire … « France admits political support for Haftar, denies military backup »

Libya’s LNA ready to sign ceasefire agreement but Tripoli is unwilling — Lavrov

08/07/2020 – The Libyan National Army (LNA) is ready to sign the immediate ceasefire treaty, but the government in Tripoli is unwilling to do so, as it counts on the military solution, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday following the videoconference with his counterparts from the African Union trio (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt and South Africa). Continuer à lire … « Libya’s LNA ready to sign ceasefire agreement but Tripoli is unwilling — Lavrov »

Libya, UK sign MoU to strengthen governance and decentralization

07/07/2020 – The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) signed Tuesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen decentralization and sub-national governance with the United Kingdom’s government. Continuer à lire … « Libya, UK sign MoU to strengthen governance and decentralization »

Jets hit strategic al-Watiya airbase in Libya where Turkey may build base: Sources

06/07/2020 – Warplanes struck overnight at a strategic airbase in western Libya, according to a military source and a nearby resident. The attack happened at the al-Watiya base, which Turkey is reportedly seeking to use to establish a firmer foothold in the country. Continuer à lire … « Jets hit strategic al-Watiya airbase in Libya where Turkey may build base: Sources »

Intense fighting rocks Libya as new battle erupts for airbase

25/03/2020 – An intense bombardment shook Tripoli through the night and a new battle erupted at an airbase outside the capital, hours after Libya reported its first case of coronavirus and despite U.N. calls for ceasefires around the world during the epidemic. Continuer à lire … « Intense fighting rocks Libya as new battle erupts for airbase »

How the Battle for Libya Has Become a Proxy Conflict

20/01/2020 – Since the 2011 NATO-backed revolt in Libya that ended 42 years of rule by strongman Muammar Qaddafi, the oil-rich North African country has been in perpetual turmoil. The latest phase began in April, when military commander Khalifa Haftar and his forces marched on the capital Tripoli determined to unseat the internationally backed government located there. The battle for the city accelerated interventions in Libya by Russia and neighboring countries as they maneuver to shape the future of the OPEC member state. More than 2,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands displaced by the fighting for Tripoli. In January, Russia and Turkey, which opposing factions, pushed the rival sides to accept a ceasefire. Continuer à lire … « How the Battle for Libya Has Become a Proxy Conflict »

Turkey sending 2,000 Syrian fighters to Libya – the Guardian

17/01/2020 – Some 650 fighters from Turkish-backed rebel groups in Syria are in Libya already, and a further 1,350 crossed to Turkey in January to prepare to support the Tripoli government, the Guardian newspaper said on Wednesday.

Media reports said that Turkey had begun sending Syrian fighters to the north African country after Ankara signed a military cooperation deal with Tripoli in November, but the number was previously believed to be much lower. Continuer à lire … « Turkey sending 2,000 Syrian fighters to Libya – the Guardian »

Libya / EU – Foreign Ministry postpones EU officials’ visit to Tripoli

06/01/2020 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to postpone the visit of the European Union’s foreign policy chief to Libya, along with the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Italy, and Germany until further notice, « in view of the current circumstances, » according to a statement by the ministry today.

The visit of the EU officials to Tripoli was scheduled for Tuesday to discuss with the Chairman of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj the developing situation in Libya.

The Libya Observer

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Turkey, Libya may contract international firms to search for hydrocarbons in eastern Med

05/01/2020 – Turkey and Libya could work with international companies to search for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, following a deal between Ankara and the Tripoli-based government on maritime borders.In November, Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey clinched a deal on drilling for natural gas, in a step Ankara said aimed to defend its rights in the region.

REUTERS

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