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Libya has ‘reservations’ on Italy treaty: report

Libya said on Tuesday it has reservations about “certain points” in a 2008 treaty of friendship with former colonial power Italy, signed by the late dictator Moamer Kadhafi and former premier Silvio Berlusconi. Libya “has reservations on a certain number of points included in the accord which need to be looked at again by the […]

Libyan leaders pledge forgiveness for Kadhafi loyalists

Political and religious leaders from across Libya gathered in Tripoli on Saturday (December 10th) for a national reconciliation conference. “We are capable of forgiveness and tolerance,” said Mustafa Abdel Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council (NTC). “We are capable of absorbing our brothers who fought the rebels and also capable of absorbing every person […]

Turkish construction firms speed up Libyan reconstruction effort

Turkey is working to make good on its pledges for Libya’s reconstruction as the government plans to build a new physiotherapy clinic, the Anatolia news agency reported Monday. The new clinic will be built in Misrata, as promised by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a visit last September. Representatives from Turkish construction companies […]

Unfreezing the Money

On 8 December the Libyan leadership wrote to the United Nations calling for funds frozen by the Security Council at the beginning of the revolution to be released. The letter was signed by Mustafa Abdel Jalil chairman of the National Transitional Council, Abdurrahim El-Keib interim Prime Minister, Hassan Ziglam Finance Minister and Saddeq Omar Elkaber […]

NTC representative describes road ahead

With Libya’s new interim government less than a month old, challenges are adding up for the National Transitional Council (NTC). From disarmament and reconstruction to building state institutions, the nation’s aspiring democrats have an enormous task ahead. Magharebia sat down with NTC representative Intissar al-Akili in Benghazi to ask her what the government plans to […]

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Involvement in Operation in Libya Cost Britain £212m

British defence secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed that military operations in Libya during the eight-month long conflict had cost Britain £212m, and praised the operation in Libya that led to the overthrow of Muammar Al Qathafi. He said the operation had been legal and necessary to avoid a “festering rogue state on Europe’s borders”. Mr […]

A new partnership between the UK and Libya

The Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt completed a three day visit to Libya on 8 December. This is the first visit by a UK Minister since the formation of the new Libyan Government.   During his visit he met the Libyan Foreign and Interior Ministers and discussed with them a […]

President Ahmadinejad Invites Libya’s NTC to Visit Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invited the members and the head of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) to visit Iran. Iran’s new Ambassador to Libya Hossein Akbari submitted Ahmadinejad’s invitation NTC Head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil in Tripoli on Monday. Iran also called for the formation of a joint committee between the two countries to expand the […]