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US “Fully Committed” to Working with All Libyans

The United States has said it is fully committed to working with all Libyans to help advance stabilization and resolve the conflict in Libya. In a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Libya, it continued: “The United States engages a wide range of Libyan political and security figures.  Ambassador Bodde meets regularly with Prime Minister […]

US Considers increasing Libya Presence

By John Lee. The United States is reported to be considering a significant expansion of its involvement in Libya. CNN says a new diplomatic and military policy could be finalized by the Trump administration in the next few weeks, which could lead to the eventual re-opening of the US embassy and the establishing of a […]

Bayda Govt cuts Diplomatic Ties with Qatar

By John Lee. Libya’s eastern-based government has reportedly cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. According to Reuters , the Bayda government took the action after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism, although Foreign Minister Mohamed Dayri gave no explanation for the move. Egypt and […]

US-made Military Hardware used in Libya despite Arms Embargo

By John Lee. American military hardware is being used to undermine official US policy in Libya, according to a report in TIME. Jared Malsin writes that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has deployed warplanes manufactured in the US in Libya in violation of a United Nations arms embargo. At least six US-made turboprop planes appear […]

Possible Breakthrough in Libya Talks

By John Lee. Tripoli-based Prime Minister Fayez Al-Serraj and Tobruk-based General Khalifa Haftar have reportedly agreed to hold fresh elections by March 2018. Both parties met in Abu Dhabi to discuss resolution of the stalement between the Eastern and Western governments. According to ANSAmed, the agreement is said to have been achieved on the basis […]

Libya to pay $300m Medical Debt to Jordan

By John Lee. Khalifa Hafter, the head of the Libya National Army (LNA), has reportedly agreed to pay outstanding debts of $300 million owed to Jordanian hospitals. According to Middle East Monitor, Jordan’s Private Hospitals Association raised the issue last week with a visiting Libyan delegation. The report says: “The debts are believed to have accumulated […]

UK Lawmakers push for Urgent Engagement with Haftar

A report by the Conservative Middle East Council (CMEC) — an influential body set up to ensure that British Conservative parliamentarians understand the Middle East — has urged the UK to engage with Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan National Army (LNA), and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR). It also says the UK should reconsider its relationship […]

Haftar’s Forces Seize Car Carrier

By John Lee. Libyan forces loyal to the Khalifa Haftar boarded and seized a car carrier off the Libyan coast last week, diverting it to the port of Ras Al-Hilal, northeast of Benghazi. The Morning Compass (pictured), operated by Eukor, was reportedly traveling from South Korea to Misrata with several thousand cars. The Tobruk government said the […]