Mitiga airport in Tripoli hosted the ceremony to lay the foundation stone of a new air traffic control tower on Tuesday. Minister of Transportation Milad Matoug, Presidential Council member Mohammed Emmari, officials from civil aviation and airports authorities and Italy's ambassador to Libya Giuseppe Perrone were present at the ceremony. The Minister of Transportation said the project, which is being executed by a coalition of Italian companies, will take 9 months. He added that the air traffic control tower will be of high international standards and thus will improve the safety of both aircrafts and passengers.
March 20, 2018 20:15 UTC
The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj met Tuesday with the commander of the western military zone Osama Al-Juwaili, the commander of the central military zone, Mohammed Al-Haddad, commander of the Tripoli military zone Abdelbasit Marwan as well as the Interior Minister, Abdelsalam Ashour, reported Al-Sirraj's media office. Al-Sirraj stressed to the attendees the need to fight outlaws, saying he won't allow anything to let Libyans down and deprive them of good economy and security. The meeting resulted in an agreement to have a mechanism to coordinate among them in security and military matters across Libya.
March 20, 2018 20:03 UTC
“Those meetings in Cairo are illegal, besides Egypt is a part of the Libyan conflict and is absolutely not unbiased. It bombed Libyan cities before and backs up one party over the others.” Deberz added. He accused Fayez Al-Sirraj of violating the Libyan Political Agreement by acting like a chief commander of the Libyan army, pointing out that the commander in chief is for all PC members not for the Head alone. Reports said that both Al-Sirraj and Haftar delegates agreed on naming Haftar as the chief commander of the Libyan army, which was rejected by many military officers, especially in west Libya. The spokesman for the Defense Ministry Mohammed Al-Ghusri said the meeting in Cairo is not serious and won’t succeed as it is not transparent, calling for holding a meeting inside Libya.
March 20, 2018 17:26 UTC
Mayor of Sabha, Hamid Al-Khayali, said that more efforts are required to address the housing problem facing the displaced families who fled from conflict areas. Al-Khayali pointed out that the high rents and the apprehension of homeowners are deepening the dire situation endured by the displaced families in his city. He stressed in a press statement that Sabha Municipality will do all it can to provide housing for displaced families who are taking shelter in school buildings. Earlier, education officials called on state officials to quickly resolve the housing issue of the displaced families in order to enable schools to open their doors for the second term of the academic year.
March 20, 2018 17:03 UTC
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Libya has started its workshops on positive peace for Libyan youth on Monday with the participation of 45 young people from across Libya. The workshops will be held in cooperation with the Institute for Economics and Peace and with the support of the Italian Embassy in Libya under the Nicosia Initiative. The first workshop addressed the measurement of peace by David Hammond from the Global Peace Index. UNICEF has invited 180 Libyan youth to participate in other workshops, which will be held in Tunis over the next four weeks.
March 20, 2018 13:18 UTC
An Italian prosecutor in Catania, Sicily, ordered on Monday the seizure of the Spanish rescue group Proactiva Open Arms’s ship and is considering criminal charges against two members of its crew and the founder of the NGO after they refused to hand a group of illegal immigrants over to Libyan Coast Guard. Proactiva was accused by the Italian Coast Guard of facilitating the flow of migrants into the Italian soil. Proactiva rescue vessel was granted permission to dock in Sicily with more than 200 migrants on board because of the fragile health of the migrants and worsening weather. “The boat, the Open Arms, had rescued the migrants from a small vessel that was foundering in international waters in an area of the Mediterranean Sea where patrols are Libya’s responsibility.” Italian Coast Guard reported. Proactiva said it declined Libyan Coast Guard orders because of its concerns about the conditions in which returned migrants are being held in Libya.
March 20, 2018 13:07 UTC
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the tribal clashes in south Libya between Tabu and Awlad Suleiman had left 13 dead and 59 wounded, including five children, in addition to the displacement of some 870 families. In a report on Monday, the OCHA explained that the families who fled to Al-Manshiyeh district in Sabha are using schools as shelters, and are in need of basic help including water, food, hygiene kits, clothing, basic medicines, medical supplies, and others, as well as tents, which are the most common needs of the displaced. The UN body noted that the efforts to mediate between the two tribes in early February were unfruitful.
March 20, 2018 12:56 UTC
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense of the Presidential Council, Uhidah Najem, dismissed on Monday Brigadier Mohammed Al-Ghosri from his post as the official spokesperson of the ministry. Najem said that the decision came with the instructions of the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Fayaz Al-Sarraj, but he gave no information on the motives behind the dismissal. On Sunday, Al-Ghosri said in a press statement that the current meetings in Cairo regarding the unification of the Libyan army are frivolous, adding that it will fail because it lacks transparency, calling for the meetings to be held in Libya and to be based on a clear plan.
March 20, 2018 12:22 UTC
Ex-French President Sarkozy Questioned About Campaign Funds From GadhafiNicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody and questioned about potential financing irregularities from his 2007 campaign — including funds from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. He's being questioned by antifraud police over accusations that he took millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. They've been around a while - that his - Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign was financed by Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)NICOLAS SARKOZY: (Speaking French). SARKOZY: (Speaking French).
March 20, 2018 10:50 UTC
PARIS — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Investigators are examining claims that Gadhafi’s regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros overall for the 2007 campaign. Such a sum would be more than double the legal campaign funding limit at the time of 21 million euros. Soon after becoming the French president, Sarkozy invited the Libyan leader to France for a state visit and welcomed him with high honors. But Sarkozy then put France in the forefront of NATO-led airstrikes against Gadhafi’s troops that helped rebel fighters topple his regime in 2011.
March 20, 2018 10:30 UTC
Libya has become one of the largest black market arms suppliers in the world, and a center for sex trafficking and slavery since the Western intervention in 2011. But this blunder by Bush junior, was to be trumped exactly eight years later in Libya, which today stands out as the greatest example of how western interventionalism poured oil on the extremists’ fire. Today, Libya might be the largest single country in the world which supplies black market arms to other countries – and by far the largest supplier to Daesh in the region, according to a recent study. Deal with GaddafiBut the sheer arrogance of the UN is extraordinary and no better displayed in the Libya decision. Disclaimer: The viewpoints expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions, viewpoints and editorial policies of TRT World.
March 20, 2018 09:11 UTC
Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, has always denied receiving any illicit campaign funding. PARIS: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was being held in police custody on Tuesday for questioning by magistrates looking into allegations of Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign, an official in the French judiciary said. Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, has always denied receiving any illicit campaign funding and has dismissed the Libyan allegations as “grotesque”. In January a French businessman suspected by investigators of funneling money from Gaddafi to finance Sarkozy’s campaign was arrested in Britain and granted bail after he appeared in a London court. Sarkozy has already been ordered to stand trial in a separate matter concerning financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012, when he was defeated by Francois Hollande.
March 20, 2018 08:59 UTC
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning over suspected Libyan financing of his 2007 election campaign, a source close to the inquiry told AFP. A source close to the inquiry also said that Brice Hortefeux, a top government minister during Sarkozy’s presidency, was also questioned Tuesday as part of the inquiry. Before his arrest in January, Djouhri, a 59-year-old Swiss resident, was well known among France’s rightwing political establishment, and had refused to respond to summons for questioning in Paris. Sarkozy has dismissed the allegations as the claims of vindictive Libyan regime members furious over his participation in the US-led military intervention that ended Kadhafi’s 41-year rule. Franco-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine said he had made three trips from Tripoli to Paris in late 2006 and early 2007 with cash for Sarkozy’s campaign.
March 20, 2018 08:48 UTC
CLOSE A judicial source says former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed in custody as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. TimeIn this Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 file photo, former French President and candidate for France's conservative presidential primary Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Meyzieu, near Lyon, central France. (Photo: Laurent Cipriani, AP)PARIS – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday as part of an investigation that he received millions of euros in illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Investigators are examining claims that Gadhafi’s regime secretly gave Sarkozy 50 million euros overall for the 2007 campaign. Soon after becoming the French president, Sarkozy invited the Libyan leader to France for a state visit and welcomed him with high honors.
March 20, 2018 08:40 UTC
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March 20, 2018 08:23 UTC