ROME (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 19th January, 2020) Italy is ready to host the next conference on Libyan settlement, which is necessary to continue the implementation of political process in this country, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Sunday. "Italy is ready to host the next meeting [on Libya] for implementing of the political process and providing stability to the region," Di Maio wrote on his Facebook upon arrival in Berlin. Later in the day, the foreign minister assured reporters that the results of the conference would be positive. On Saturday, the Libya National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared a force majeure after LNA forces had blocked oil exports from a number of ports. The Berlin conference follows the intra-Libyan talks in Moscow that took place last week, mediated by Russia and Turkey.
January 19, 2020 14:03 UTC
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday that Britain would be ready to send "people and experts" to help monitor a Libya ceasefire should one be brokered by world powers at a summit in Berlin. Johnson told Britain's Sky News television on his arrival in the German capital that it was time for "external proxies" to stop interfering in the war. "Proxy conflicts only come to an end when the external proxies decide that they want to bring it to an end," said Johnson. Asked whether UK forces could play a ceasefire monitoring role, Johnson replied: "If there is a ceasefire, yes, of course, there is a case for us doing what we do very well, which is sending people, experts to monitor the ceasefire. (This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)
January 19, 2020 13:41 UTC
“Let us learn from John the Baptist not to presume that we already know Jesus, that we already know everything about him,” said Francis. “He, and He alone carried, suffered, atoned for the sin of each of us, the sin of the world, and also my sins. He, and He alone carried, suffered, atoned for the sin of each of us, the sin of the world, and also my sins. Yes, we are still poor, sinners but not slaves, no; children, children of God!”After the Angelus, Francesco said that “2020 has been designated as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Let us pray for all of them, that they may perform their precious work in the best possible way.”
January 19, 2020 12:11 UTC
FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises during a fight between members of the Libyan internationally recognised government forces and Eastern forces in Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya May 5, 2019. The Tunisian president declined the invitation to attend the conference because it was late. Nevertheless, the LNA affirmed its commitment to the ceasefire.The following day, the Libyan foreign ministry issued a statement requesting the international community to fulfill its duties by pressuring GNA-affiliated militias to surrender and give up their weapons obeying the Libyan people’s will.Anadolu Agency reported that the LNA is amassing southern Tripoli while Al Arabiya announced that clashes resumed in Salahuddin district south of Tripoli.On January 6, LNA captured Sirte and was advancing towards Misrata after entering Tripoli’s outskirts.On January 8, Turkey declared sending 35 soldiers to Libya claiming they would not take part in combat. Nevertheless, Libya Review publication reported on January 11 that three Turkish soldiers were killed in Libya, and six others were injured. The bodies were brought to Misrata airport while the injured have received treatment at Nalut hospital near Tripoli.Later in December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that 300 militants affiliated to Turkey have been relocated to the Libyan capital from Syria and that 900-1,000 militants moved to Turkish camps to receive training.Earlier in the same month, Turkey and GNA signed two MoUs pertinent to military cooperation and maritime border demarcation.
January 19, 2020 12:00 UTC
BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya's rival governments were sticking to an internationally brokered cease-fire that began Sunday, even as immediate reports of violations by both sides raised concerns it might not hold.
January 19, 2020 11:48 UTC
Thank you for your reading and interest in the news Oil markets fear disruption in Libya and now with detailsAden - Yasmin Abdel Azim - Valves are adjusted at the Amaal oil field in eastern Libya. Oil prices could see prices going up in the short term with a disruption in supply after oil production in Libya was down by 800,000 barrels. Image Credit: ReutersAbu Dhabi: Oil prices could see prices going up in the short term with a disruption in supply after oil production in Libya was down by 800,000 barrels on Friday, analysts said. Geopolitical tensions, however, may take centre stage again this week after oil exports were blocked from ports in Libya along with oil field closures. Reportedly half of Libya’s oil production has been shut in as political rivals seek to exert influence over pending negotiations to end hostilities.
January 19, 2020 11:03 UTC
The head of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanallah, warned of the dangerous consequences as a result from the closure of oil ports, and more than fifty fields and stations across the Sirte basin. In a message addressed to the "speaker" of Tobruk-based parliament, Aqila Saleh, Sanallah explained that this move will result in a loss of crude oil production of 800,000 b/d and daily financial losses of approximately $55 million per day, not to mention other effects such as the impacts it would have on fuel supplies feeding power stations in the eastern region. He urged Saleh to intervene in order to reverse this course of action in the interest of the public interest, according to the letter.
January 19, 2020 08:37 UTC
Spread the loveOn Friday, seven people were arrested along with an off-duty Hong Kong police officer as they tried o put pro-democracy posters on a footbridge in Tuen Mun. This is the first-ever known case where a police officer faced an arrest for supporting this massive protest going on for seven months arresting more than 65, 000 people. At 3:00 am on Friday, the officer who was 31 years old along with seven other people aged from 14 to 61 were arrested in Tuen Mun which is a district in northwest Hong Kong. Among the thousands of people who were arrested during protests around 41 of them were civil servants including 24 being from disciplines like the fire services. The protests began by a trigger proposal to allow extraditions to mainland China in early June which have now evolved into a much larger revolt against China’s control over the semi-autonomous state of Hong Kong.
January 19, 2020 07:18 UTC
The United Nations envoy to Libya said on Saturday he hoped but "could not predict" whether eastern oil ports shut ahead of a Berlin summit aimed at reaching a truce in Libya would be reopened soon. Oil export terminals across eastern and central Libya were shut on Friday by tribesmen allied to commander Khalifa Haftar, whose Libya National Army (LNA) has been locked in a nine-month war with government forces over control of the capital, Tripoli. The National Oil Corp (NOC) declared force majeure on oil exports from the eastern ports of Brega, Ras Lanuf, Hariga, Zueitina, and Es Sider, saying the closures would result in the loss of 800,000 barrels (bpd) day in oil output. Watch: Khalifa Haftar shuts down eastern oil ports in Libya"If the thing is not solved between today and tomorrow I expect the issue to be raised, yes," he told reporters in Berlin. Salame said a fair distribution of oil revenues needed to be part of any peace settlement in Libya.
January 19, 2020 07:07 UTC
You are now following the details of the Mohamed bin Zayed and Merkel review bilateral ties, regional development news and now we leave you with the detailsMohamed Nass - Dubai - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held a meeting with the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, during which they discussed bilateral ties and ways of developing them at all levels. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, who will be leading the UAE delegation to the Berlin Conference to be held tomorrow. At the start of the meeting, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his thanks to the German Chancellor for the warm reception and the efforts being made to strengthen bilateral ties. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the security and stability of the Middle East is in the region and world's interest, given its global strategic importance. For her part, Chancellor Merkel thanked Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed for visiting Germany and for his important role in enhancing the UAE-German friendship.
January 19, 2020 06:33 UTC
(Bloomberg) -- Libya has been on fire since the 2011 ouster of Muammar Qaddafi, split between rival leaders fighting for control while world powers try to play kingmaker. Read More: Sarraj Says Oil Squeeze Shows Haftar Doesn’t Want PeaceHere’s a look at who’s coming to Berlin and why. Germany also sees Libya, which turned into a hotbed for militant Islamist groups in the post-Qaddafi chaos, as an important actor in the fight against the jihadists. EgyptThe government in Cairo also sees Haftar as the only real bulwark against Islamist extremism. The kidnapping and beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts by a Libya cell linked to Islamic State heightened concerns.
January 19, 2020 06:00 UTC
Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar blocked oil exports from the war-ravaged country’s main ports Saturday, raising the stakes on the eve of an international summit aimed at bringing peace to the North African nation. It came ahead of a conference in Berlin on Sunday at which the United Nations will try to extract a pledge from world leaders to stop meddling in the Libyan conflict by supplying troops, weapons or financing. The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France as well as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are due to join the talks. More recently, Haftar’s forces launched an assault in April on Sarraj’s troops in Tripoli. Accusing France in particular of siding with Haftar, Erdogan said leaving Libya to the commander would be a “mistake of historic proportions.”France has denied it was backing Haftar.
January 19, 2020 05:37 UTC
Berlin: Germany is hosting a UN-led conference with world leaders in the hope of resolving Libya's years-long conflict, less than a week after similar talks in Moscow failed to yield significant progress. The summit follows a flurry of diplomacy aimed at trying to get the leaders of Libya's warring factions - internationally recognised prime minister Fayez al-Serraj and rival commander Khalifa Haftar - to return to the table. It was not yet clear whether they would attend. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen are among those who have confirmed their attendance. Russia has expressed hopes that the Berlin talks will cement a ceasefire already negotiated last weekend for the war-torn North African country.
January 19, 2020 05:26 UTC
A general view of the Zueitina oil terminal in Zueitina, west of Benghazi April 7, 2014. — Reuters picDUBAI, Jan 19 — Qatar condemned the storming of Libya's eastern Zueitina oil export port by forces from areas controlled by the Libyan National Army (LNA), Qatar's state news agency said today. Tribesmen in areas controlled by Haftar's LNA faction on Friday stormed the eastern Zueitina port and announced the closure of all terminals under LNA control.
January 19, 2020 05:26 UTC
Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar blocked oil exports from the war-ravaged country's main ports Saturday, raising the stakes on the eve of an international summit aimed at bringing peace to the North African nation. "All foreign interference can provide some aspirin effect in the short term, but Libya needs all foreign interference to stop," UN Libya envoy Ghassan Salame told AFP in an interview. But Sarraj issued a call for international "protection troops" if Haftar keeps up his offensive. Don't play with petrol because it's the livelihood of the Libyans," warned Salame just hours before the blockade. Accusing France in particular of siding with Haftar, Erdogan said leaving Libya to the commander would be a "mistake of historic proportions".
January 19, 2020 03:33 UTC