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 »

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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Turkey and Iran work together on Iraq and Libya, is Israel next? (Opinion/Seth J. Frantzman)

05/07/2020 – Iran and Turkey are increasingly coordinating policies across the Middle East as they work together on several issues. Their relationship has grown as both oppose the US role in Syria, and they have other common interests, such as trade to get around US sanctions and to fight Kurdish dissident groups. In general, this is a partly cynical policy of trade-offs, but there is also unity in their support for Hamas and also their antipathy toward Israel, which may bring Tehran and Ankara increasingly close on issues across the Middle East, from Yemen to Syria. Continuer à lire … « Turkey and Iran work together on Iraq and Libya, is Israel next? (Opinion/Seth J. Frantzman) »

U.S. discusses DDR with Hafter’s LNA

03/07/2020 – The U.S. State Department reported yesterday that it had held virtual talks the previous day with Khalifa Hafter’s Libyan National Army (LNA) on militia demobilization (DDR). The LNA talks follow on from similar talks held with the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli last week (Wednesday 24 June). Continuer à lire … « U.S. discusses DDR with Hafter’s LNA »

Tunisian President: The conflict in Libya is now between two « American and Russian » empires.

30/06/2020 – The Tunisian President, Qais Saeed, said, Sunday, that the problem and conflict in Libya are between two « American and Russian » empires, stressing that his country will never accept the division of Libya. « Saeed » added in press statements that his country paid a heavy price for this endless war, financially and securityly, even within its political classes, as if the Libyan problem was Tunisian-Tunisian. The Tunisian president reiterated his proposal, which is to hold a meeting between all representatives of the Libyan tribes with the aim of drafting an interim constitution allowing the organization of public authorities in the country, then preparing a new constitution acceptable to all Libyans.

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Morocco signs up for 24 AH-64E Apaches

27/06/2020 – Boeing has secured a deal to supply Morocco with 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.

The deal makes Morocco the 17th country to obtain the AH-64, says Boeing. Deliveries will start in 2024.

“This is another step forward in our long partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco,” says Jeff Shockey of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Continuer à lire … « Morocco signs up for 24 AH-64E Apaches »

US considers sending`training’ unit to Tunisia amid North Africa tensions

13/06/2020 – The United States said it is considering deploying a Security Force Assistance Brigade in Tunisia for training, as part of its assistance program with the North Africa country, amid concern over Russian activity in Libya, Reuters reports. Continuer à lire … « US considers sending`training’ unit to Tunisia amid North Africa tensions »

China defence spending rise at three-decade low, still to grow 6.6%

24/05/2020 – China’s defence spending this year will rise at the slowest rate in three decades but will still increase by 6.6% from 2019, as the country grapples with what it sees as growing security threats and a wilting economy. Continuer à lire … « China defence spending rise at three-decade low, still to grow 6.6% »

Russian, Syrian co-operating moving militia to Libya – claim

10/05/2020 – The US does not support the offensive byLibya’s eastern-based military leader Khalifa Haftar against Tripoli and believes Russia is working with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to move militia fighters and equipment to Libya, senior US officials said. Continuer à lire … « Russian, Syrian co-operating moving militia to Libya – claim »

Russia / Libya – US: Moscow’s position strengthened by presence of Wagner in Libya

09/05/2020 – The United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Maghreb and Egypt, Henry Wooster, said that the US is seeking to end the conflict in Libya and return to political dialogue. Continuer à lire … « Russia / Libya – US: Moscow’s position strengthened by presence of Wagner in Libya »