The Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel Hamid Dbeibah, agreed with the Algerian Foreign and Interior Ministers, Sabri Boukadoum and Kamel Beljoud, to continue working in unison through coordination and consultations on confronting threats to the region’s security, including terrorism, transnational organized crime, drug smuggling, arms trade and illegal immigration. The Media Office of the Prime Minister stated that during the meeting held in Tripoli on Monday, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla Al-Manqoush, issues discussed were the intensifying of cooperation and political consultation on various issues of common interest, stressing the importance of expediting the sitting of preparatory meetings for the 14th session of the Joint Higher Executive Committee. The Media Office indicated that Libya is working on activating the Maghreb Union through calling for a meeting of the Union countries at the level of Foreign Ministers.
April 19, 2021 21:11 UTC
Dabaiba expressed the government's readiness to provide the capabilities to facilitate the work and called on the Security Council to support the government to expel mercenaries from Libyan territory. It will also define its functions as a caretaker government until elections are held on December 24. He further added that the people need fair elections under mixed international supervision and strict oversight. He added that this decision should be supported by societal pressure until the day of the elections. Security Council ResolutionThe Security Council resolution carried many messages on the political, security and social levels, the most prominent of which was the approval of the request of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to send a special mission of 60 observers to the city of Sirte, to follow the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.
April 19, 2021 14:48 UTC
CAIRO, 19 April 2021: Hossam El-Badry, Egypt's coach, decided to award the captaincy to Mohamed Salah. The coaching staff explained that the decision came after informing the players who preceded Salah in terms of seniority and who supported this step. Egypt will compete in the World Cup qualifiers starting next June and the second phase ends in October. The Egyptian national team is located in Group F, next to the national teams of Gabon, Angola and Libya. Mohamed Salah began his career with the Egyptian national team in 2011.
April 19, 2021 12:11 UTC
Libyan Business Council to hold virtual meeting with Ukrainian companiesBy Sami Zaptia. London, 19 April 2021:The Libyan Business Council (LBC) announced today that it is to hold a virtual meeting with Ukrainian companies. The date is yet to be set. The meeting will cover business sectors in:1- Industry2- Supply3- Contracting and construction4- Oil, gas and renewable energies5- InvestmentThe LBC reported that interpretation services will be available during the event.
April 19, 2021 10:34 UTC
Bosnian embassy in Tripoli reopens and resumes issuing of visasBy Sami Zaptia. London, 19 April 2021:The Libyan Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina announced yesterday that the Bosnian Embassy in Tripoli is to resume the issuing of visas. The news would mean that the Bosnian embassy in Tripoli would be the first to start issuing Schengen visas in Tripoli – ahead of Malta. The Maltese consulate had been expected to be the first European state to start issuing visas. It has been preparing to start issuing visas for months and keeps putting out statements that it will resume ‘‘soon’’ – but without announcing a specific date.
April 19, 2021 10:07 UTC
Florinda (Floren) Sultana’s arrest on money laundering charges related to her stepfather Darren Debono’s oil smuggling operation. Ah yes, the ‘dad, I’m voting Labour’ thing directed by the party’s propaganda It-Boy Mario Philip Azzopardi. Yes, Floren and step-dad having a bit of a tête-à-tête ahead of the election. Let’s face it, it’s the more realistic scenario in more ways than one. But this remains a small consolation in the wake of what the arrest has uncovered: yet another example of graft allowed to run rampant in the country, eating away at its foundations.”Don’t say: “Let’s face it: Floren played the Malta-Monopoly game and won like a true girlboss.”
April 19, 2021 08:03 UTC
Libya is a textbook example of Western hubris, where ‘decisive’/’surgical’ violence is labelled ‘humanitarian’, though followed by Stone-Age living conditions and warlordism. In the decade that Libya has been a deadly place to live, migration from Africa to Europe has risen sharply. Most transited via Libya. European policies towards Libya were the proximal cause of the migrant flows to Sicily and Italy. All the Libya crisis has done is create a North African escape hatch from the continent for the millions of migrants mired in sub-Saharan resource wars and poverty.
April 19, 2021 07:52 UTC
Ten years ago the Arab spring uprisings arrived in Libya, culminating in the long-time leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi being deposed and killed. Video TranscriptFERAS KILANI: Libya is one of the most complicated stories on Earth. But all these problems emerged together, the legacy of Gaddafi and hundreds of militias were operating in the country. People of Libya, they couldn't believe that moment. If it happens, it will take Libya to a new path, a new situation.
April 19, 2021 06:00 UTC
Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh was hospitalized with covid-19 — despite having been vaccinated — the country’s health minister said Tuesday. Singh, 88, tested positive for the virus Monday after developing a fever, according to media reports. He was moved to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi as a precautionary measure, the hospital said. We all pray for his quick recovery,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Tuesday on Twitter. He served as prime minister from 2004 to 2014.
April 19, 2021 05:56 UTC
The Libyan Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina has confirmed that the Embassy of the Republic of Bosnia in the capital Tripoli will resume the routine visa services. "Libyan citizens can apply for entry visas to Bosnia through its embassy in the Siyahia district of Tripoli, starting Monday, April 19, 2021," the embassy said in a statement. According to the Libyan embassy, the step came after an agreement between the Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chargé d'Affairs at the Libyan Embassy in Bosnia, Mu'tasim Billah Al-Dhawi. The agreement provides for facilitating visa procedures for nationals of both countries, in the framework of enhancing cooperation in the field of tourism, trade, and investment, besides developing the cooperative links between Libya and Bosnia.
April 18, 2021 23:48 UTC
The Minister of Health, Ali-Al-Zanati, announced the launch of the vaccination campaign against Coronavirus pandemic in eastern Libya after a shipment of vaccines from the medical supply stores in Tripoli arrived at the medical supply outlets in Benghazi. The shipment consists of approximately 50,000 doses of the vaccine. The National Center for Disease Control announced on Saturday the launch of the vaccination against the Coronavirus pandemic in Tripoli, stressing that 430 health centers throughout the country will open their doors to vaccinate those wishing to receive the dose.
April 18, 2021 19:52 UTC
CBL grants LD 5 bn loan to commercial banks to ease clearance and liquidity crisisBy Sami Zaptia. London, 18 April 2021:The Central Bank of Libya (CBL) granted Libyan commercial banks today a loan of LD 5 billion to help ease the bank clearance process and the country’s bank liquidity crisis. The grant was the second instalment. The CBL made the announcement after CBL Governor Sadek El-Kaber held a meeting today morning in his office with several directors of departments in the Central Bank of Libya. The meeting was in the framework of following up on the conditions of commercial banks and to discuss and follow up several issues, the most important of which is the liquidity situation in commercial banks and clearing between bank branches.
April 18, 2021 14:48 UTC
The Central Bank of Libya said it would liquidate the second installment of the loans given to the Libyan commercial banks, adding in a meeting headed by the Governor, Al-Siddiq Al-Kabir, and a number of heads of administrations, that the installment was worth five billion dinars. The Central Bank of Libya added in a statement on Facebook after the meeting that the installment should be used in backing up the assets of the commercial banks for clearing transactions, in addition to providing cash for people and funding foreign currency transactions. The meeting of the Central Bank of Libya also discussed availability of cash at the banks and clearing transactions, according to the media office.
April 18, 2021 14:48 UTC
“Congratulations to our valiant defense and security forces,” government spokesman Cherif Mahamat Zene tweeted, describing the rebel forces as “mercenaries coming from Libya.”It was not immediately possible to independently corroborate the claims given the remote location where the fighting took place. In 2019, French armed forces intervened in northern Chad and launched airstrikes at an armed group coming in from Libya. Story continues below advertisementIn 2008, clashes reached the gate of the presidential palace before Chad’s army repelled rebel forces and pursued them eastward toward the Sudanese border. Chad, a former French colony, is home to France’s military Operation Barkhane, which deploys troops across the continent to fight Islamic extremism. Some 330,000 Chadians are internally displaced, the majority in the volatile Lake Chad region where Boko Haram fighters are most active.
April 18, 2021 14:48 UTC
An abandoned and ancient synagogue in Libya is being turned into an Islamic religious centre without permission, the World organisation of the Jews of Libya said. David Gerbi, a Libya-born Italian Jew and member of the organisation, which promotes the interests of people belonging to the Libyan Jewish Diaspora, wrote about the Sla Dar Bishi in Tripoli last week in a report published by Moked, a Jewish publication in Italy. “Since there is now no Jew living in Tripoli and since the power is in the hands of the local authorities (read: Militias) it was decided to violate our property and our history,” he wrote. The revolution sparked intermittent fighting between clans and militias with competing claims to leadership. Libya once had about 40,000 Jews, who left following the establishment of the State of Israel.
April 18, 2021 09:00 UTC