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Senior Lawmakers Urge U.S. Engagement in Libya

Senior lawmakers on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration that the United States has “no role” in Libya, citing the threat of regional instability to U.S. national security interests. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and ranking Democrat Ben Cardin (D., Md.) said Libya’s ongoing battle over power …

Libya asks EU for motorboats, helicopters to patrol coast

Libya is asking the European Union for motorboats and helicopters to help patrol the Mediterranean Sea for ships carrying migrants. The German government says a “request list” for Libya’s coast guard also includes ambulances, communications equipment and night vision gear. According to the German government’s response to a parliamentary question …

Six years, six envoys: Can the next UN special representative to Libya make any difference?

The UN has been around for more than 70 years since its inception immediately after the Second World War, with the role of resolving conflicts and global peacekeeping. However, it has not maintained a positive track record over the decades, with some conflicts such as the Palestinian–Israeli one, dating back …

Libya’s rival governments agree path to peace: Reports

Libya’s warring rival governments have reached an agreement to end months of fighting in a deal brokered by Italy, according to reports from all sides. The Tobruk-based House of Representatives and the Tripoli-based, UN-backed government of national unity announced they had reached a deal that Tripoli said would “stop the …

Algeria’s Messahel continues Libya trip with Serraj, Sewehli, Zintan and Misrata meeting

Algeria’s minister for Maghreb, Arab and African affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, has continued his whirlwind visit of Libya today by meeting Misratan political figures as well as military figures from the Bunyan Marsous Operations room. He then returned to Tripoli for talks with Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez Serraj and his deputy …

Trump on Libya: What Now?

The situation in Libya seems to be simultaneously stalemated and wavering on the brink of collapse. The Presidential Council and Government of National Accord (PC/GNA), which emerged from the UN-led Libyan Political Agreement at the end of 2015, has made little progress in solidifying its authority in the country. The …