Tripoli Appeals Court’s administrative division ruled Wednesday to block the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Libya and Italy to fight the growing influx of illegal immigrants and the issue of human trafficking as well as to help Libya secure its southern borders.
Commanding General of the Libyan National Army of the parliament based in Tobruk, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has received a senior delegation from the UK’s House of Commons at the headquarters of the General Command of the Army.
Egyptian authorities are concerned by recent losses sustained by ally Khalifa Haftar in two key oil ports on Libya’s Mediterranean coast.
The foreign minister in the Beida-based interim government, Mohamed Dayri, has attacked the call for made by the president of the European parliament, Antonio Tajani, for the EU to set up refugee reception centres in Libya.
Libya’s UN-backed government has criticised US President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on its nationals and those of six other countries entering the United States, which put in question attendance at a high-profile conference on Libya planned in Washington for mid-February.
Libya’s neighbouring countries have rejected any foreign intervention into the country as the fighting between various armed factions rages on.
Libya’s UN-backed government has not accepted proposals by Rome aimed at cutting migrant and refugee flows to Italy and the two sides are “far apart” on the issue, Malta’s foreign minister said today.
Italy’s new ambassador to Libya presented his credentials today to Presidency Council chairman Faiez Serraj and then went on to the reopening of his country’s imposing white embassy on Tripoli’s Corniche.
Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti announced on Monday the reopening of his country’s embassy in the Libyan capital, which closed in 2015 along with all other Western embassies due to violence.
Speculation abounds over a reported punch-up at Bu Sitta naval base when Presidency Council chairman Faiez Serraj was hosting UNSMIL chief Martin Kobler.