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Personnel Changes at British Embassy

By John Lee. The British Embassy in Tripoli has announced that Fleur Wilson has joined their team as the new Deputy Ambassador, replacing Angus McKee. In a tweet, Wilson said “I look forward to exploring #Libya and promoting a better future for the Libyan people.” Also moving on is Matty O’Kelly, who is joining the […]

Libya may re-open Embassy in Zimbabwe

By John Lee. Libya’s Ambassador to Kenya has reportedly said that Libya wants to re-open its embassy in Zimbabwe. According to The Zimbabwe Mail, Hesham Ali Sharif told Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo that Libyan nationals are interested in the petroleum industry across the continent and seek to invest in Zimbabwe’s […]

Intl Crisis Group: Stopping the War for Tripoli

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s march on Tripoli has ground to a halt in a war of attrition with the internationally recognised government’s forces on the city’s outskirts. The parties should conclude a ceasefire including Haftar’s partial withdrawal as a prelude to renewed UN peace talks. Click here to view the full report. (Source: International Crisis […]

US Ambassador’s Farewell Message to Libya

Today marks my last day serving as the Chief of Mission of U.S. Embassy Libya.  As I return to retirement, I am struck and saddened by the deepening divide that is undermining prospects of a better future for all Libyans.  The ongoing fighting in Tripoli is damaging essential civilian infrastructure, jeopardizing U.S.-Libya counterterrorism efforts and […]

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Stopping a Dangerous Escalation in Libya

Of Tanks and Banks: Stopping a Dangerous Escalation in Libya An under-reported banking crisis threatens to exacerbate deadly fighting in Tripoli, ignite a protracted resource war and deepen the country’s east-west divide. A way out requires agreeing to a ceasefire in Tripoli and ending the four-year split between the Central Bank’s rival branches. Click here […]

Support for Hifter could cost Egypt work in Libya

By Ahmed Fouad for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Egypt’s support for Hifter could cost it work in Libya Egyptians looking to snag lucrative reconstruction contracts in Libya are divided over whether their country’s support for one side in the […]

Prime Policy Group to work for GNA

By John Lee. Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) is to receive pro-bono lobbying services from the Washington DC-based Prime Policy Group. Prime Policy Group is a subsidiary of Burson Cohn & Wolfe, a WPP-owned company. The group will provide services to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq, and there is no formal written contract. The […]