Prominent Libyan military commander General Khalifa Haftar, who represents one of the major forces in the fractured country, has visited Moscow. This time, the officials discussed means to untangle the Libyan crisis, as well as possibilities for cooperation between Russia and Libya. However, we are aware of the steps being undertaken and actively support the tendency… for political reconciliation, full restoration of statehood in your country,” Lavrov said. Haftar said that the issue of potential Russian military aid to Libya was also discussed with Lavrov. Following the meeting with Lavrov, Haftar met Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.
August 15, 2017 02:03 UTC
The number of African migrants arriving in Italy after crossing the Mediterranean from Libya dropped by more than half in July from June, the European Union's border agency Frontex said on Monday. Frontex said 10,160 migrants arrived from Northern Africa on Italy's southern shores in July, 57 percent fewer than in June and the lowest level of arrivals in July since 2014.
August 14, 2017 20:37 UTC
Geopolitical risks subsided on but this did not stop the pressure on oil prices which moved lower on Monday. TechnicalsCrude oil prices moved lower declining by more than 2%, and pushing through support levels near an upward sloping trend line that comes in near $47.90. Resistance on crude oil price is seen near the 10-day moving average at 49.04. Momentum has turned negative as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) index generated a crossover sell signal. This occurs as the spread (the 12-day moving average minus the 26-day moving average) crosses the 9-day moving average of the spread.
August 14, 2017 17:44 UTC
Africans on a rescue boat operated by Proactiva Open Arms, which was shot at by a Libyan vessel last week SANTI PALACIOS/APCharities accused of encouraging migrants into lethal crossings of the Mediterranean are defying hostile Libyan coastguards and an inquiry by Italian investigators by vowing to keep their rescue ships operating. The Phoenix, run by the Malta-based charity Moas, set sail from the island yesterday to continue picking up migrants who are managing to sail beyond the 12-nautical mile line that marks Libyan waters. She is expected to arrive in the area today and will join the Aquarius, operated by the European charity SOS, which has said that it is also determined to stay in the area. Their defiance follows a threat last week by the Libyan coastguard to establish its own search-and-rescue area stretching 79 nautical miles out to sea where charities would not be…
August 14, 2017 16:08 UTC
The Zueitina oil terminal in Libya has ceased loading cargos as port workers protest, demanding better working conditions, Bloomberg quoted the head of the workers’ union Merhi Abridan as saying. Zueitina is managed by a joint venture between the National Oil Corporation, Occidental Petroleum, and Austria’s OMV. At the same time, however, Libya’s overall crude output has been reduced by a decline in the production from its biggest field, Sharara. According to sources who spoke to Bloomberg, Sharara’s output has fallen by 100,000 bpd over the last week, to 200,000 bpd at the moment. It is possible that the 30-percent output reduction at the field now is a result of that last incident.
August 14, 2017 15:22 UTC
Deputy Head of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maiteeq, has criticized the western countries which support Dignity Operation commander, Khalifa Haftar, warning of what he described Haftar's plans to reconstruct another dictatorship in Libya, which he considered impossible. In an interview with the Italian daily La Repubblica, Maiteeq said that the attempt of what he described as a reshaping of a new Gaddafi in Libya was a sick dream and that there is no room in the country for a military rule in the future, stressing that the solution in Libya is political and not military. He pointed out that Paris at the end will know the right choice, which will not be in supporting what he called “weak policies”. He denied any possibility of holding another meeting between Sirraj and Haftar in reference to what has been claimed over holding a meeting in Moscow. Maiteeq also denounced the siege of Derna by Dignity Operation forces, likening it to "medieval siege".
August 14, 2017 14:48 UTC
Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices edged lower early Monday on signals of declining volatility and reports of a stronger position from OPEC-member Libya. Sandy Fielden, the director of research, commodities and energy at Morningstar, said in a report that crude oil prices were settling into a relatively narrow range, which would indicate the volatility that followed a decline in crude oil prices that started in the second half of 2014 is finally starting to ease. Crude oil prices have been holding in a range in the upper $40 and low $50 range for most of the year. Fielden said the difference between the September contract and the contract for December 2022 was just $2.72 per barrel, which he said backed the sentiment for "lower for longer" crude oil prices. The price for Brent crude oil was down 0.6 percent at 9:20 a.m. EDT to $51.78 per barrel.
August 14, 2017 13:52 UTC
FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, then Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco. Witnesses say militiamen in Libya abducted Zidan, a former prime minister, in the capital, Tripoli late on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2107. They say Zidan was led away by an armed group out of a Tripoli hotel where he was holding meetings with security officials. Abdeljalil Bounhar, File AP Photo
August 14, 2017 13:08 UTC
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today backed the efforts of Libya's military commander Khalifa Haftar and his rival UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to reach a peace agreement in the conflict-ridden country. "We know about your efforts, together with Sarraj, aimed at achieving a generally accepted agreement on optimal ways to execute the Skhirat political agreement that would be acceptable for everyone," Lavrov said. The UN-backed Skhirat Agreement was reached in 2015 as the basis for a political process in Libya, but it had been rejected by Haftar and other factions. Today, Lavrov emphasised the UN's role in the peace process, adding that the new UN special envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, who started work this month, was also due in Moscow. The threat of extremism has not been overcome, though we know about the actions being taken to eradicate it," Lavrov said.
August 14, 2017 12:33 UTC
Ali Zeidan, who served as the Libyan prime minister in 2012-2014, has been kidnapped by a group of gunmen from a hotel in the center of Tripoli, local media reported Monday. In October 2013, Zeidan was kidnapped by armed militants from the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli. Zeidan returned to Libya several times, and, according to media reports, he called for the division of Libya in July. Libya has been in a state of civil war since its longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011. The parliament is backed by the Libyan National Army headed by Khalifa Haftar.
August 14, 2017 07:52 UTC
Former Prime Minister Ali Zidan was arrested in Tripoli on Sunday, sources confirmed. The sources said Zidan was arrested by Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade at Victoria Hotel in Dahra district “on the basis of an old arrest warrant issued by the Office of the Attorney General”. Commander of Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, Haitem Tajouri, hinted at the arrest of Zidan in his official Facebook account. Local media reports quoted Victoria Hotel officials as saying. Zidan managed to flee the country through Tripoli International Airport with the help of a militia group from Zintan.
August 13, 2017 22:18 UTC
ROME — Three international aid groups have suspended migrant rescues in the Mediterranean over the weekend because they felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard. Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP - Getty ImagesLibyan coastguard boats have repeatedly clashed with NGO vessels on the edge of Libyan waters, sometimes opening fire. The coastguard has defended such actions, saying the shooting was to assert control over rescue operations. Aid groups and some Italian politicians warn that migrants intercepted by the Libyan coast guard are taken back to inhuman conditions in detention camps on the Libyan mainland. MSF's decision to halt its rescue operations was part of this positive process, he told the newspaper La Stampa.
August 13, 2017 21:33 UTC
Italy applauds Libya’s decision on migrant ‘search and rescue’ zoneRome, Italy | AFP | The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya’s decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, a move that has prompted almost all international charities to halt migrant search and rescue operations in the area. But by Sunday the Aquarius, operated by the SOS Mediterranee, was the only humanitarian vessel conducting search and rescue work off Libya. “Under these circumstances, a continuation of our rescue work is not currently possible. Migrant aid ships have played a key role in assisting rescue operations. The post Italy applauds Libya’s decision on migrant ‘search and rescue’ zone appeared first on The Independent Uganda:.
August 13, 2017 20:26 UTC
A delegation from Al-Bunyan Al-Marsoos operation arrived in Qatar on an official visit on Sunday morning. The spokesman of the operation, which uprooted IS militants from Sirte in December 2016, Mohammed Al-Ghasri said following meetings with Qatari officials that their delegation and a delegation from Misrata city arrived in Qatar to confirm that the Gulf country doesn't fund terrorism. "We also wanted to extend our thanks and the Libyan people's thanks to Qatar for its efforts in the fight against IS terrorists." He added that the Libyan delegations - of fifteen figures - met so far the Qatari Defense Minister, and the Chief of Staff, adding that they will stay in Qatar till next Wednesday. It is noteworthy that the delegations arrived in Doha coming from Istanbul aboard a private jet.
August 13, 2017 20:26 UTC
Gen. Mahmud Hijazi، Chief of Staff met today، Sunday، with Ghassan Salama، the new international envoy to Libya and the accompanying delegation. Salama will visit a number of regional countries as he has assumed his new post officially. Gen Hijazi reviewed efforts exerted by Egypt to formulate an initiative to settle the dispute in Libya. Those initiatives based on national principles that take to account all interests of the Libyan parties. The international community seeks to set a new state in unified Libya which works to provide welfare and security for the population there.
August 13, 2017 19:07 UTC