Libya will form a joint committee with Turkey to review the former signed contracts between the two countries, according to an agreement between the Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sirraj, and the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yıldırım. The agreement came on the sidelines of the emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Wednesday. The media office of Al-Sirraj said that he and Yıldırım talked about several cooperation opportunities between Libya and Turkey, besides the issues of mutual interests to both countries. "We hail the reopening of the Turkish embassy in Tripoli and the return of the firms to work in Libya. They also agreed to hold meeting for technicians and security apparatuses from Libya and Turkey in order to assess the conditions that can lead to the return of Turkish airliners' flights to Libya.

December 13, 2017 19:18 UTC

Libya has agreed with Egypt to exchange electric power through a power grid link, the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) announced on Wednesday. The agreement came in a visit for the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj to Cairo, added GECOL on Facebook. On Tuesday, there was an hours-long meeting in Cairo between Al-Sirraj and Ali Sassi - the CEO of the GECOL - and the Egyptian Electricity Minister Mohammed Sahaker as well as the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company, plus others. GECOL added that both countries reviewed cooperation in power sector with the capacity of 400 kilovolts so that Libya and Egypt can exchange power, not to mention benefiting from the Egyptian electric power expertise. It also explained that Libya and Egypt agreed on forming a number of joint committees to follow up on the agreement, adding that a more extended meeting had been previously held between Libya and Egypt's electricity chiefs and there was an agreement signed for electric power exchange that will begin in 2018.

December 13, 2017 18:56 UTC

The High Council of State (HCS) has called for total equality with the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) in order to have successful amendments' talks for the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA). "No comprehensive accord mean no agreement on a new presidential council." He also rejected Cairo's hosting of Libya's military institutions unification meetings, saying Egypt is a biased party in the Libyan crisis. "We reject using the date of December 17 as a means to spoil the current political process, the date says nothing about the expiration of the only political ground on which Libya's political solution will be modeled." Salame also said that the UNSMIL selected a neutral country to hold Libyan military institutions unification meetings, adding that he would give the name of the country at the right time.

December 13, 2017 18:45 UTC

The National Oil Corporation of Libya (NOC) said in a statement published on Tuesday that the Nafusa Oil Operations Company hopes to produce ten thousand barrels per day of oil next year of a new project in the basin of Ghadames in the west of the country. The NOC said that Nafusa plans to split the project in concession area 47 into two stages; the first is at the beginning of 2018, which should produce 10 thousand barrels per day by the second quarter of this year if the project budget is approved. Nafusa Oil Operations Company is a joint venture established in 2013 in partnership between the National Oil Corporation and Indonesia’s PT Medco Energi Internasional.

December 13, 2017 16:41 UTC

The Constitution Drafting Assembly (CDA) has called for the need to hold a referendum on the draft constitution before the start of the first stages of elections by the legislative and executive authorities. The CDA said in a press conference on Tuesday in Tunis that the referendum on the constitution is the founding stage of the democratic process in the country. It confirmed that there is no one who can claim to express the will of Libyans, adding that the arrival of Libyans to their rights can only be through the referendum, pointing out that the constitutional path of the country began when the people elected members of the body.

December 13, 2017 16:41 UTC

The US Embassy in Libya stated that the decision to ban the entry of Libyan citizens to the United States excludes student visas and exchange visas between the two countries. The embassy said in a statement on Monday that lifting the ban on the entry to America will remain conditional on the cooperation of the concerned countries with the US government to ensure the safety of Americans. It added that the Libyan government faces significant challenges in sharing information on public safety and terrorism.

December 13, 2017 16:41 UTC

The House of Representatives (HOR), decided on Tuesday to elect a new governor for the Central Bank of Libya next week. At their meeting headed by Aqila Saleh in Tobruk, at least fifty members of the HOR discussed the amendment of the constitutional declaration and the adoption of practical measures to implement Ghassan Salame's action plan. The Spokesperson for the HOR, Abdullah Bliheeq, stressed that the HOR decided to suspend the meeting until next week to discuss other matters, the most important being the amendment of the constitutional declaration to include the action plan of the UN envoy.

December 13, 2017 13:18 UTC

The Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj, said that banning the Libyan Investment Authority to properly manage Libya’s assets is causing annual losses estimated at one billion dollars, describing these losses as unfair and a waste of the resources of the Libyan people. Sarraj said that his talks in Washington recently touched on Libya's right to manage its frozen assets, adding that he had found a great deal of understanding from US officials who promised to communicate with their counterparts in the Security Council to discuss lifting the freezing on the country’s assets.

December 13, 2017 13:07 UTC

The head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Sarraj, arrived in the Turkish city of Istanbul to attend the emergency meeting of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Tuesday. The meeting, which was called for by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was set to discuss the US recognition of Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel.”Sarraj had completed his visit to Egypt, during which he met the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Sisi and a number of Egyptian officials, including a meeting with the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayeb.

December 13, 2017 12:56 UTC

A general view of Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam, as it undergoes construction, is seen during a media tour along the river Nile in Benishangul Gumuz Region, Guba Woreda, in Ethiopia March 31, 2015. In Ethiopia, all forms of media have sold stories and analyses based on Egyptian opposition to the dam. Though Ethiopians have always loved their country, there have been lingering grievances and bitterness that the land was unable to feed its loving people. The Arabs hate Ethiopians so much they have a saying—'If you find a Habashi and a snake together, kill the Habashi first.' The truth that there is misunderstanding among the people and the elites with respect to the Nile quest and popular thinking.

December 13, 2017 12:45 UTC

They landed at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos MMIA, aboard Nouvelair airline Airbus A320 with Registration number TS-INA. One of the 387 returnees, Festus Ogbonaya from Imo State said he expended a total of N1.1m on the journey. He said, “I left Nigeria in September 2017 by land but at Sabratha, we were waylaid and tortured but I called my people at home who sent me N200,000 to bail myself. The Arabs are wicked and are in collaborations with some Nigerians to torture many of us. My escape was by God’s grace because many of us died on the way,”Another returnee Sarah Sunday 25, said she left Nigeria two years ago and spent over N850,000 on the journey.

December 13, 2017 09:33 UTC

- Advertisement -Presidential elections in Libya may be held in mid-2018, Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala said Wednesday at the Valdai Club panel discussion in Russia. “We believe that presidential elections will be held in the middle of 2018,” Siala said. “There are a lot of rumors that Tripoli is not safe… It is about time that the Russian embassy starts to practice from Tripoli,” Siala said. “We have heard from the Russian Foreign Minister [Sergey Lavrov] that Russia is very experienced in regulating the Syrian conflict. “After receiving such a request, the Russian leadership will be able to make the decision [on involvement in the crisis settlement].

December 13, 2017 09:33 UTC

- Advertisement -Director-General, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, has urged states to facilitate the rehabilitation of their indigenes who voluntarily returned from Libya. He made the call Tuesday night in Lagos while receiving 142 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya. The director-general, who noted that Edo and Osun had keyed into such the rehabilitation programme, called on more states to emulate them by offering assistance to the returnees from their states. - Advertisement -Maihajja thanked the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU) for facilitating the repatriation of the returnees and also providing assistance for their rehabilitation. The first batch of 245 returnees had earlier arrived at about 8.25p.m at the airport aboard an Afriqiyah Airbus 330-300 aircraft with registration Number 5A-ONR.

December 13, 2017 09:11 UTC

The F-35 continues to face some developmental challenges and questions about cost, but a number of allies are already receiving it. Super Hornet — Boeing, U.S. The Super Hornet is a newer, larger and much more modern variant of the CF-18s that Canada operates, and is primarily used by the U.S. Navy and Australia. It was first flown in the 1990s; proponents note that, unlike the F-35, it has a proven track record. Now, because of its older technology and uncertain production future, and the aforementioned trade dispute, the Super Hornet could be in for a tough battle in what promises to be a lengthy competition.

December 13, 2017 00:00 UTC

There are a few telltale signs that a nation has lost her own dignity and prestige on the world stage. This must indeed be a troubling moment for Akin Oyebode, professor of International Law and Jurisprudence and one of Nigeria’s truly progressive scholars who turned 70 last Saturday. It is, therefore, impossible to read and digest his “International Law and Politics: An African Perspective” and not feel the awesome presence of a truly authentic African thinker. On a personal note, this writer had the privilege of being taught International Law by Professor Oyebode (doubling as the HOD of the Law Faculty) at the University of Lagos for his Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy many years ago. Oyebode’s forte in International Law is treaty.

December 12, 2017 23:15 UTC