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Give us our money, Libya tells the world – Air Malta resumes Tripoli flights

Lawrence Gonzi yesterday became the first Prime Minister to visit Tripoli and hold a bilateral meeting with his counterpart in Libya, Abdurrahim Khaled Abdulhafiz El-Keib. It is clear that the Libyan government’s main concern is the release of assets which are being held by numerous countries around the world, something which Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi […]

Libya to reopen Qatar embassy within ten days

Libya will reopen its embassy in Doha within 10 days, the representative of the Libyan Transition Council in Qatar has said. “The new ambassador will be appointed within the next few days and will take up his post within ten days,” Abdul Munsif Al Bouri said. “The reopening of the embassy will reinforce bilateral relations […]

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Libya New Oil Minister Ben Yezza Was NOC Official, Eni JV Chair

Libya’s newly appointed oil minister headed a commission that oversaw the bidding for drilling rights by international oil companies, and was chairman of an Eni SpA (ENI)Libya joint venture in the country prior to his new post. Ben Yezza previously served as chairman of Eni Oil Co., a joint venture with Libya’s National Oil Corp. […]

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Libyan tribes protest at new government line-up

Some of Libya’s clans said on Wednesday they would not recognize the government, after the unveiling of a new cabinet revived regional rivalries which threaten the country’s stability. Prime minister designate Abdurrahim El-Keib named a cabinet line-up which aimed to placate Libya’s patchwork of tribes, regional interests and ideological camps which are competing to fill […]

China says Libya ready to compensate Chinese companies

China said on Wednesday that Libya was ready to compensate Chinese companies, raising the possibility that Chinese businesses that suffered losses during the country’s unrest may receive some payment. China has limited investment in exploring and producing oil in Libya, and is instead focused on servicing the sector, but has significant construction contracts in the […]

Libyan prime minister poised to announce secularist cabinet

Abdurrahim al-Keib, the new Libyan prime minister, is set to announce a secularist cabinet on Tuesday. The major surprise in leaked details of the cabinet – which has no places for prominent Islamists – is the appointment of Osama Jweli, the chief of the Zintan military council, as defence minister at the expense of the […]

Talks with Libya over migration to take time

The EU will be taking its time before engaging in direct talks with the new Libyan authorities to strike a deal on illegal migration. Although the issue is of direct importance to Malta, the European Commission yesterday said negotiations with Libya on this issue will only start once “the conditions in Libya are right”. It […]