Tag Archives | Serraj

Tripoli Govt “Threatens to Suspend” 40 Foreign firms

By John Lee. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) has reportedly asked 40 foreign firms to renew their licences or have their operations suspended. According to Reuters, the companies, including Total of France, have three months to renew their licences. The decree from the Ministry of Economy and Industry was issued while GNA Prime […]

Tripoli Govt hires US Lobbying Firm

By John Lee. Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord has hired public strategy firm Mercury Public Affairs LLC to lobby on its behalf in Washington. Recently-filed Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) documents state that the services that Mercury is expected to provide include “strategic consulting, government relations/lobbying, and media relations and management.” The contract was […]

Adapting to the New Libya

By Tarek Megerisi. Libya’s escalating war is changing political realities, necessitating a new framework for conflict resolution and power sharing. Khalifa Haftar’s march on Tripoli on April 4 was a paradigm-shifting event whose importance remains lost on the global diplomatic community. Haftar’s actions closed the door on the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) and on attempts […]

Haftar’s Forces Advance on Tripoli

By Adam Nathan (@adamgnathan). The international community has called for calm and restraint in Libya as forces loyal to General Haftar (pictured) moved steadily closer to the capital Tripoli. On Thursday, Haftar’s forces took over Gharyan, a town 100km south of Tripoli. By 3pm local time on Friday, his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) had seized […]

UN Welcomes Serraj-Haftar Talks

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the 27 February meeting in the United Arab Emirates, convened by his Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, between the Prime Minister of Libya and President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Faiez Serraj, and the Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar. […]

PM Serraj replaces top Cabinet Team

By John Lee. The head of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has reshuffled his cabinet. Following the recent fighting around Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj has appointed Fathi Bashagha, from Misrata, to lead the Ministry of Interior, replacing Abdessalam Achour, who had only held the position since February. According to a recent UN statement, members […]

Mogherini speaks to Prime Minister al-Sarraj

Federica Mogherini extended her condolences to the Prime Minister and Libyan people for the dozens of fatalities, many of them civilians, in the latest round of fighting. She reiterated the EU’s support for the Government of National Accord (GNA) and the work of Prime Minister al-Sarraj as well as its continuing support of the role […]

China, Libya Discuss Return of Chinese Firms

By John Lee. Libyan authorities have reportedly set up a committee to look into suspended projects started by Chinese firms. According to a report from Xinhua, further steps to resume cooperation with Chinese companies will be considered after the end of Eid holidays. On Tuesday, the Chinese Charge d’Affaires to Libya Wang Qimin met with Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj. (Source: Sputnik) […]