File Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (R) and Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris (Photo: Reuters)CAIRO - 31 May 2020: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Saturday a phone call from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, where they discussed the latest international and regional developments, topped by the Libyan crisis.During the call, Macron stressed the importance of exchanging views with Sisi on the Libyan file, due to Egypt's vital regional role, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.For his side, Sisi reiterated Egypt's unshakable stance towards the Libyan crisis, stating the importance of restoring the Libyan national institutions, ending the widespread chaos caused by militias and terror gangs, and making the fight against terrorism a top priority.He also called for stopping the foreign interference into the Libyan affairs, which led to the destabilization of the war-torn country.The both leaders agreed on boosting coordination in this regard in the coming period, and the significance of reaching a political settlement, paving the way for restoring peace and security.Meanwhile, both leaders also discussed boosting the bilateral ties between the two countries in several fields.Libya has drawn in regional and global powers with what the United Nations has called a huge influx of weapons and fighters in violation of an arms embargo.Recently, according to Reuters, the GNA has with extensive Turkish backing pushed Haftar back from his foothold in southern Tripoli and from some other parts of the northwest.However, on 23 May, Haftar announced in a two-minute speech that his forces will continue fighting forces loosely allied with the GNA in Tripoli, saying they "will fight and fight'' against what he called "Turkish colonialism.''
May 31, 2020 13:30 UTC
Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia has called out government over its insensitivity towards 11,000 unemployed people who have no job to return to. Speaking in an interview on part station NET TV, the opposition leader said government is not being truthful and transparent when speaking of the country’s unemployment. “Where was government help for these people?” Delia said, urging for a way forward on the loss of employment. He also called out Abela’s statement, with the PN leader saying that the PM’s messages always contrast with those of health authorities. Speaking on the PM’s visit to Libya, Delia said the PN has not been briefed on what unfolded.
May 31, 2020 11:37 UTC
Repubblika’s complaint alleged that the government and the army were responsible for the deaths of five migrants who did not reach Libya. It is only a request for an investigation,” the NGO said, defending its right to file its criminal complaint after the Labour government politicised the action as an attack on the prime minister. Repubblika filed the complaint because the government refused for 10 days to give information about what happened out at sea. The inquiry was launched after NGO Repubblika filed a criminal complaint after a boat was taken back to Libya by a commercial vessel, with five migrants confirmed dead and seven others missing. Repubblika’s complaint alleged that the government and the army were responsible for the deaths of five migrants who did not reach Libya.
May 31, 2020 07:18 UTC
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May 31, 2020 06:56 UTC
The counterfeit cash was seized by Maltese Customs in November 2019 but the cargo has remained under lock and key since then. Russia has been supporting Haftar’s incursions against the United Nations recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, with weapons and mercenaries. This newspaper understands Russia is seeking the release of the currency, but the United Kingdom has told Malta it should destroy the cargo. The United States, on the other hand, has told Malta to hold on to the cargo as evidence of Russia’s backing of Haftar and the Libyan National Army (LNA). MaltaToday’s source said the statement was a reminder from United States of its interest in stifling Russian influence in the Libyan conflict.
May 31, 2020 05:37 UTC
A mass grave was found south of Tripoli, the Libyan Interior Ministry said today, reports Anadolu Agency. The grave was discovered in Sadiyah area which was recaptured from forces loyal to eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar, the ministry said in a statement. A mother, father and two children were buried inside the grave. Haftar’s illegal forces in eastern Libya have launched numerous attacks to capture Tripoli, the nation’s capital, with more than 1,000 killed in the violence. READ: Libyan army takes district in Tripoli
May 31, 2020 02:26 UTC
Over 1,600 private schools are operating in Lebanon, including free schools and those affiliated to various religion societies, Azar said. This development will also have an impact on private universities, whose number has increased to 50 in the past 20 years. Dr. Tarek Majzoub, the minister of education and higher education, ended the academic year in public schools and gave private schools the right to take a call on this issue. “Lebanese people chose private schools for their children because they trusted them for their quality — 70 percent of Lebanese children go to private schools. Many Arab students from the Gulf states receive their education in the most prestigious Lebanese schools,” he added.
May 31, 2020 00:56 UTC
Thank you for reading the news about WEEKLY ENERGY RECAP: Calm after the storm and now with the detailsJeddah - Yasmine El Tohamy - VALLETTA: Maltese authorities have seized counterfeit Libyan money worth $1.1 billion that was printed by a Russian firm and worsen the north African country’s economic problems, the US State Department said. There was no official statement on Saturday from Valletta although Malta Today newspaper had published a report about $1.1 billion in counterfeit money seized in Malta on its Facebook site that was no longer available. “The central bank of Libya headquartered in Tripoli is Libya’s only legitimate central bank,” the US diplomatic arm said in a statement. “The influx of counterfeit, Russian-printed Libyan currency in recent years has exacerbated Libya’s economic challenges,” it added. The US military has also said that Russia recently sent warplanes to Libya to support mercenaries on the ground fighting beside Haftar’s forces.
May 30, 2020 22:41 UTC
.- The Egyptian president, Abdelfatah al Sisi, reiterated this Saturday along with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, his rejection of “external interference” in the Libyan conflict, which he branded as “illegal”. In a statement released today, the Egyptian Presidency reported on the telephone conversation between the two leaders and in which Al Sisi stressed that Egypt’s position in the Libyan conflict is “to put a limit on illegal external interference (…) they threaten security and stability in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. “He also stressed that Egypt is working to “recover the institutional pillars of the Libyan state and end the chaos and the expansion of criminal groups and terrorist militias” in Libya. of Berlin, in addition to the rejection of “any external interference”. While the GNA has the support of Turkey, Italy and Qatar, Hafter is supported by Russian, Sudanese, Chadian and Syrian mercenaries, in addition to economic and military aid from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Russia and France.
May 30, 2020 18:45 UTC
By Arab NewsForeign interference in Libya threatens stability and security in the north Africa region, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said on Saturday. Putting an end to illegal foreign interventions in Libya and the chaos caused by criminal groups and terrorist militias is necessary, El-Sisi said during a telephone call with French President Emmanuel Macron. Both presidents agreed that they were keen to see a political solution reached in Libya that would pave the way for a return of security and stability in the country. They added that this could be achieved through implementing the outcomes of the Berlin process and supporting the efforts of the UN to achieve peace in Libya. For more of our reporting make sure to sign up for our free newsletter!
May 30, 2020 18:33 UTC
The United States has hailed Malta’s announcement on May 26 of its seizure of $1.1 billion of counterfeit Libyan currency printed by Joint Stock Company Goznak – a Russian state-owned company. A statement by the Spokesperson of the US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said the money was regarded as counterfeit because it was ordered by an illegitimate parallel entity in eastern Libya, referring to pro-Haftar authorities in the eastern region. The statement on Friday added that the Central Bank of Libya headquartered in Tripoli is Libya’s only legitimate central bank, stressing that the influx of counterfeit, Russian-printed Libyan currency in recent years has exacerbated Libya’s economic challenges. The Spokesperson of the US State Department remarked that Washington remains committed to working with the United Nations and international partners to deter illicit activities that undermine Libya’s sovereignty and stability, and are inconsistent with internationally-recognized sanctions regimes. “This incident once again highlights the need for Russia to cease its malign and destabilizing actions in Libya.” The US State Department Spokesperson said.
May 30, 2020 16:18 UTC
A magistrate has thrown out a criminal complaint filed by the NGO Repubblika accusing the government of the death of seven migrants pushed back to Libya when it contracted a private vessel to take them back. The Maltese government has published the entire 491-page magisterial inquiry by Magistrate Joe Mifsud into allegations of a migrant pushback by a private vessel acting as a state agent, and claims that the Maltese army sabotaged a migrant boat. In a government statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said the report threw out allegations of voluntary homicide by the Prime Minister, the AFM commander, and the P52 crew. The inquiry was launched after NGO Repubblika filed a criminal complaint after a boat was taken back to Libya by a commercial vessel, with five migrants confirmed dead and seven others missing. The complaint was two-fold: that the Maltese are responsible for this pushback, and that in a second episode, the P52 boat of the AFM sabotaged another migrant boat.
May 30, 2020 15:00 UTC
The Eastern Mediterranean has become a theatre for power politics which has its origin in energy exploration and production activities. The UAE’s recent condemnation of Turkey’s exploration activities shows that there are overlapping concerns. The French are equally concerned with Turkey’s presence in Libya because it could alter the balance on the battlefield. Ankara’s sea demarcation agreement with Tripoli has managed to link the future of Libya with energy exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Eastern Mediterranean states, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, and Israel, are unified due to the discovery of significant energy resources.
May 30, 2020 15:00 UTC
Prime Minister Robert Abela and his retinue are to be swabbed for COVID-19 after they returned from an official trip to Libya yesterday. Abela was granted special exemption from quarantine for himself and those on the aircraft. The Public Health Superintendent had consented to a request from the Office of the Prime Minister, to exempt Prime Minister Robert Abela from a mandatory quarantine period after his lightning visit to Tripoli. The visit included foreign minister Evarist Bartolo and home affairs minister Byron Camilleri. But while the quarantine exemption still stands, the Superintendent of Public Health insisted that those who attended the meeting abroad be swabbed for COVID-19.
May 30, 2020 12:45 UTC