More EU funds allocated to LibyaBy Sami Zaptia. The package includes €80 million in new funds as well as €30 million reallocated from non-contracted actions under the EUTF. In order to fund these essential new actions, €30 million has been re-allocated from existing Border Management programmes in Libya, which will now amount to €57.2 million. The Trust Fund covers three windows: the Sahel and Lake Chad, the Horn of Africa, and the North of Africa. The EU said that the Trust Fund is also reorienting ongoing interventions in key sectors in Libya to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
July 03, 2020 16:30 UTC
Sisi holds a tripartite meeting with the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar and Speaker of Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh – the Egyptian PresidencyCAIRO – 3 July 2020: Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah bin Zayed and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian on Friday affirmed their support to the Egyptian initiative to end the crisis in Libya, Emirati News Agency (WAM) reported.In June, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi announced Egypt’s plan for a ceasefire in Libya, beginning June 8, after a tripartite meeting with the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar and Speaker of Libyan Parliament Aguila Saleh. Sisi said that the political initiative, also known as the “Cairo Declaration”, would pave the way for a return to normal life in Libya.The statement published by WAM noted that France and the UAE support the Cairo Declaration that rejects the Turkish interference in the Libyan affairs, which can thwart the efforts of the international community to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis.In a phone call, Abdullah bin Zayed and Le Drian affirmed backing efforts to reach a political solution to the Libyan crisis as the only solution to achieve security and stability in the country and protect its territorial integrity.The ministers also discussed updates of regional and international issues of mutual concern including Syria and ways to enhance security in the Eastern Mediterranean region.They also discussed the efforts both countries exert to face the novel coronavirus and hailed the strategic relations between France and the UAE.Sisi called for ceasefire in the war-torn country on June 6. Under the guidelines of the ceasefire, all foreign fighters must withdraw from Libya, he noted.For his part, Field Marshal Haftar said that the Turkish intervention in the Libyan conflict reinforced the aggravation of the situation in Libya and threatens stability.Haftar pointed out that the whole world is witnessing Turkey's support for terrorism and the transfer of terrorist elements from one place to another in the Middle East and North Africa, which further complicates the solution to the Libyan crisis. Haftar emphasized Libya's unity and territorial integrity and the elimination of terrorist groups classified by Security Council resolutions, as well as calling for a Libyan dialogue immediately with the participation of all segments of the people.For his part, the Libyan Speaker of Parliament said that the Libyan National Army (LNA) abided by the humanitarian truce, but the Al-Wefaq government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj did not abide by it.Saleh stressed that when the army moved to Tripoli, it was aimed at fighting terrorists, not targeting civilians.
July 03, 2020 16:18 UTC
Side Libya, nearly five hundred kilometres of common border, the persistence and the intensification of the war increase the risk. It is customary to say that what is happening in Libya is the security and stability of tunisia. the internationalization of The conflict in Libya splits the arab world in the wake of the wars in Syria and Yemen. Next to Parliament, the cauldron of the Bardo, Libya has recently been invited to a plenary session. Libya : neighbours reject any foreign interference in Tunisia : the persistence of terrorism Ghassan Salamé : Libya loses a man of good will Tunisia : sarabande populist Parliament Osama Rezg : "there is not that the war in Libya "
July 03, 2020 15:33 UTC
Libyan Deputy Defense Minister Salahaddin Abdullah an-Namruş, Chief of General Staff Muhammad al-Sharif, Commander of the Libyan Naval Forces Abdulhakim Abuhalia, Turkey’s Ambassador to Tripoli Serhat Aksen and other officials welcomed the Turkish delegation. Following the ceremony, Akar and Güler went to the Defense Security Cooperation and Training Assistance Advisory Command, which was created within the scope of the bilateral agreement. The two met with members of the Turkish and Libyan militaries, including Osama al-Juwaili, commander of Operation Peace Storm. Akar reiterated Turkey's support for Libyan people to ensure they live "comfortably, happier and more confidently." “Our defense minister is there now and with the work he is getting done in Libya, we want to make sure that we follow the process closely,” Erdoğan told reporters.
July 03, 2020 13:27 UTC
Defense minister visits Libya for engagement with Tripoli government: ErdoğanANKARATurkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar visited Libya as Ankara aims close engagement with the government in Tripoli, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on July 3. The visit of the defense minister, along with the earlier visit of the navy commander to Libya, was realized “as part of a plan” the president told reporters. “After our visit to Qatar yesterday, my defense minister has gone there today. Elaborating on his visit to Qatar, Erdoğan said they primarily discussed Libya, along with issues about Syria, Iraq and Sudan. Following the military cooperation deal, Turkey has sent military officials to Libya for consultancy to the army of the GNA.
July 03, 2020 13:18 UTC
(@ChaudhryMAli88)The inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Russian upper house and the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives should be strengthened, Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Friday during a meeting with Aguila Saleh, the head of Libya's eastern parliament, in MoscowMOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 03rd July, 2020) The inter-parliamentary cooperation between the Russian upper house and the Tobruk-based Libyan House of Representatives should be strengthened, Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Friday during a meeting with Aguila Saleh, the head of Libya's eastern parliament, in Moscow. "A strong argument is the strengthening of the inter-parliamentary cooperation, we are confident that it will be materialized," Matviyenko said, adding that Russia highly values Saleh's efforts as the head of Libya's "internationally recognized parliament." The speaker added that Saleh is viewed in Moscow as a supporter of the Libya-Russia partnership. We look forward to an interesting conversation about the situation in Libya," Matviyenko told Saleh. For several years, Libya has been split between two rival administrations, the UN-recognized western-based government, backed by Turkey, and the Tobruk-based parliament, supported by the Libyan National Army.
July 03, 2020 12:56 UTC
CNBC Africa provides content from APO Group as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. This is particularly urgent as Libya grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, with detained migrants and asylum seekers who are vulnerable and exposed, given the poor sanitation, health and overcrowded conditions in detention centres. The UN is concerned that over 5000 migrants and asylum seekers have been intercepted at sea this year and returned to Libya where they are frequently subjected to arbitrary detention, human rights violations and abuses. We call on the Libyan authorities to investigate all violations of international humanitarian and human rights law and reports of abuses of human rights and to hold those responsible to account. We welcome the recent statement by the ICC prosecutor that she is investigating arbitrary detention and mistreatment of migrants in Libya and we call for accountability.
July 03, 2020 12:33 UTC
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks at his news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri GripasMOSCOW - 3 July 2020: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday said his country has welcomed reaching the immediate ceasefire initiative and launching a comprehensive political dialogue in Libya.He added that both the Cairo Declaration and the outcomes of the Berlin conference on Libya can establish a base for an inter-Libyan dialogue.Russia will continue its efforts to reach a solution to the Libyan crisis, Lavrov said during a meeting with Libyan Speaker Aguila Saleh, noting that the solution of the Libyan crisis will not be a military one, Africa Gate News reported.
July 03, 2020 11:15 UTC
Tripoli, 3 July (EFE).- Some 400 undocumented migrants have been intercepted on the high seas by the Coast Guard of libya in the past few hours, and returned to this country in the war, in spite of being considered a ” port “is not safe”, said to Efe sources of the Security. Nearly 300 illegal immigrants have been landed in the course of the day,” the source added, without specifying, in the detention center were locked-in, nor the nationality of those stopped. Just last week, a total of 618 migrant, was caught by the vessels on patrol in libya, and returned to the tank according to the numbers in the body of the united nations. The IOM’s figure at around 5,500 migrants have been intercepted on the high seas in the first six months of this year, and will be returned to Libya, in front of the 9.225 2019 at the latest. Libya is a failed State, a victim of the chaos of the civil war, from, which, in 2011, NATO will make a military contribution to the victory of the various rebel militias on the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi.
July 03, 2020 10:18 UTC
Today, as part of the EU's global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the EU - through its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) - has adopted a new assistance package to protect migrants, stabilise local communities and respond to COVID-19 in North Africa. This package includes €80 million in new funds as well as €30 million reallocated from non-contracted actions under the EUTF. Support to LibyaLibya remains the biggest beneficiary under the North of Africa window of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, with €455 million in programmes, with the majority going to protection of migrants and refugees and community stabilisation, alongside actions for border management. Regional COVID-19 responseA new €10 million COVID-19 fast track emergency response programme has also been adopted to support the most vulnerable populations in North Africa tackling their emergency needs as well as the social and economic consequences of the crisis in order to contribute to the national efforts already in place. €6.5 million was also adopted to fund a Technical Cooperation Facility to ensure effective monitoring and evaluations of all the actions implemented under the North of Africa window of the EU Emergency Trust Fund of Africa.
July 03, 2020 10:06 UTC
UN Secretary General holds phone calls with Serraj and HafterBy Sami Zaptia. London, 3 July 2020:The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres held phone calls on Wednesday (1 July) with both Libya’s internationally recognized Prime Minister-designate, Faiez Serraj, and commander of the mainly eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Hafter. Mr. Faiez Mustafa Serraj, Prime Minister of the State of LibyaThe Secretary-General spoke by telephone today with H.E. Mr. Faiez Mustafa Serraj, Prime Minister of the State of Libya about the situation in Libya. The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the need to reopen blocked oil terminals and oil fields in the country.
July 03, 2020 08:15 UTC
By | Published: 2:11 pmParis: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has expressed his country’s concern over the current tense situation in Libya, stressing importance of Libya’s security and stability. “During the call, the French Foreign Minister expressed his country’s concern about the current tense situation (in Libya), stressing that France’s efforts are aimed at achieving stability in Libya, and that the interests of the Libyans, Libya’s neighbors, and Europe lie in Libya’s security and stability,” the statement said. The French Foreign Minister expressed his country’s rejection to foreign interference of all kinds and sources in Libya, Xinhua news agency reported. The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said Thursday that 130 Libyans were killed or injured by booby traps in the south of Tripoli over the past five weeks. Serraj’s UN-backed government has accused the rival eastern-based army of planting landmines in conflict areas in southern Tripoli before their withdrawal.
July 03, 2020 06:11 UTC
DOHA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 03rd July, 2020) Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed the situation in Libya, Syria, Palestine, and Yemen, the emir's office said in a statement. On Thursday, Turkish President Erdogan arrived in Qatar in his first overseas working trip since the eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders have also discussed the development of bilateral economic, trade, energy, defense, and investment ties. The two leaders also back the Libyan Government of National Accord in its protracted power struggle in the North African nation. Qatar is also widely regarded as having extended support to Syrian opposition groups, which are now within Turkey's sphere of influence.
July 03, 2020 01:52 UTC
SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. __ATLANTA " Georgia added nearly 3,500 confirmed coronavirus cases to its total count on Thursday, the largest single-day increase the state has experienced. Georgia has seen a sharp increase in confirmed cases as well as people hospitalized in recent weeks. Nearly 88,000 total confirmed cases of the virus have been recorded by the Georgia Department of Public Health. ___HARRISBURG, Pa. " Pennsylvania has reported 830 confirmed coronavirus cases, its highest one-day total since May.
July 03, 2020 01:30 UTC
I arrived at the airport in Tripoli, Libya, on assignment for CBS Radio with my paperwork in order. But Libya was already on its way to becoming a failed state ruled by competing warlords, as my airport experience affirmed. “Libya is a failed state,” Barah Mikail, associate professor at Saint Louis University in Madrid, tells me in a phone interview. The Trump Administration has no coherent policy towards Libya, which has given a free hand to the other intervening powers. “If this stops, we’ll have a different landscape.”Reese Erlich’s nationally distributed column, Foreign Correspondent, appears every two weeks.
July 02, 2020 18:33 UTC