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UNSC call on all Libyan parties to work together

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council on Tuesday urged Libyans, divided with rival governments and beset by violence, to work together ahead of hoped-for elections. Separately, the European Union is seeking to reopen its embassy in Libya pending security conditions, officials said on Tuesday, offering further political support for the Tripoli government struggling to establish control.

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Libyan coastguard to be trained in Tunisia

Friday, October 13, 2017 Comments Off

A group of 19 officers and non-commissioned officers of the Libyan coast guard authority are to begin a training course in Tunisia on Saturday, Colonel Tareq Shanbur, the director of security operations on Libya’s coasts and president of the coordination system of Italian-Libyan operations to fight illegal immigration, has said.

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French, Egypt FMs discuss region issues in Paris

Friday, October 6, 2017 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian received here Friday his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri for in-depth talks on bilateral but mainly regional issues, including the Syrian, Libyan and Palestinian issues, an official statement said. Concerning Libya, the two officials “welcomed the progress in the mediation” that is taking place in Tunis under the aegis of […]

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Tunisia backs UN drive to hold Libya elections this year

Friday, September 22, 2017 Comments Off

Khemaies Jhinaoui, Tunisia’s foreign minister, used his address to the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Friday to give strong backing to the special envoy’s roadmap for Libya. Mr Jhinaoui said Tunis was co-ordinating closely with Egypt and Algeria as Libya’s neighbours to back Ghassan Salame’s drive to revise the Libya Political Agreement […]

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Egypt says it will host ‘reorganisation’ of Libyan army

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Comments Off

Egypt says that it will host the reorganisation of Libya’s army, currently an eastern-based force led by General Khalifa Hifter. A statement signed by the Egyptian Committee on Libya on Tuesday says Libyan military officers who met in Cairo recently chose Egypt as a starting point for plans to unify the army.

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UN troops to arrive in Libya soon

Saturday, September 9, 2017 Comments Off

The United Nations Envoy to Libya has revealed that 250 UN troops will arrive in the North African state in the coming weeks, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Friday. Ghassan Salama made his comments in an interview with an Italian newspaper.

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Tunisian FM meets UNSMIL chief

Thursday, September 7, 2017 Comments Off

The Tunisian Foreign Minister Khamis Al Jheinawi on Tuesday met the Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salama. The meeting centered on the Libyan issue, especially the meeting on Libya called by the UN Secretary General in New York in September, and the meeting which the AU High Level Presidents Committee on […]

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EU maritime to continue to seize arms off Libya

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Comments Off

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Monday to allow the European Union’s (EU) maritime force to seize illegal weapons off Libya’s coast for another year, a move aimed at helping restore peace to the deeply divided north African nation. The British-drafted resolution authorises EU ships in Operation Sophia to stop vessels on the high […]

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Tunisia expresses will to help Libya evade division

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

The Tunisian President, Beiji Caid Essebsi, said his country wishes that Libya’s unity process can take effect as soon as possible, saying Tunisia is ready to provide any assistance along with Libya’s neighbouring countries, Algeria and Egypt. In an interview with Euronews, Essebsi said Tuesday that his country’s desire is for Libya to regain its […]

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Belgian PM visits Algeria to discuss security

Thursday, December 8, 2016 Comments Off

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (L) meets with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmalek Sellal in Algiers, Algeria, on Dec. 6, 2016. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Tuesday kicked off an official visit to Algeria to boost bilateral cooperation, especially in the fields of security and economy. ALGIERS, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles […]

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US rules out army intervention in Libya

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Comments Off

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there would be no foreign military intervention in Libya and called for a diplomatic solution as violence flared in the capital Tripoli. “Our tools are diplomacy. We are not looking at other options,” Kerry told journalists alongside his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni following a summit […]

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Algiers hosts 5+5 Defense Initiative meeting

Friday, November 18, 2016 Comments Off

Senior army officials from the 5 + 5 Defense Initiative met on Tuesday in Algiers to assess the progress of the 2016 action plan and finalize the 2017 plan. The 5 + 5 Defense Initiative includes five Maghreb countries: Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Mauritania and five EU countries: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta.

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Tunisia set to hold a meeting on Libya’s crisis

Friday, November 18, 2016 Comments Off

The Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said his country is consulting with Algeria to hold an urgent meeting on Libya. In an interview with the Tunisian television, Jhinaoui said that Tunisia deals with Libya’s Government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj adding that “unfortunately, the

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Libya’s Hatfar forces control 70% of country

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Comments Off

Spokesman for the Libyan National Army said on Wednesday that his forces have controlled 70 percent of the country’s territories. “After retrieving the majority of homeland, we pledge to fight hard until the entire soil of Libya is freed from the grip of terrorist groups,” the army spokesman Ahmed al-Mesmary told reporters at Libya’s Embassy […]

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US warplanes hit IS in south Libya

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Comments Off

US fighter aircraft carried out Monday night three airstrikes targeting houses in Al-Firda, Brak Al-Shatti, southern Libya, said the spokesman of the Third Force appointed to secure the southern region, Mohammed Gliwan.

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Algeria Undertakes Military Exercise Near Moroccan Border

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Comments Off

The Algerian army has undertaken a four-day military training exercise south of Tindouf under the supervision of Gaid Salah, Chief of Staff of the Algerian army. For the second time this year, the National Popular Army (ANP) of Algeria carried out a live fire training exercise in an area dubbed Third Military Zone in Tindouf, […]

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UN appoints new deputy head of Libya mission

Thursday, November 10, 2016 Comments Off

The United Nations has appointed a new deputy head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to succeed Jordan Ali H. Al-Za’tari. Maria do Valle Ribeiro is to take over from Al-Za’tari. Ribeiro has around 30 years’ experience in the UN and working in international NGOs and has served as the UN Resident Coordinator, […]

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Algeria to increase Morocco border surveillance

Thursday, November 10, 2016 Comments Off

The Algerian government has decided to employ more sophisticated means to monitor its borders with Morocco by creating a system of technical surveillance and electronic borders, an official from the Ministry of Justice announced yesterday, Algeria’s state-run APS reported. “Both mobile and fixed means will be in place for securing and monitoring the borders,” the […]

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Libyan forces eliberate 14 civilians from ISIL in Sirte

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Comments Off

Libyan forces in the final stages of a six-month campaign to recapture Sirte from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said they freed 14 civilians on Nov. 6 from a small residential area where some militants are holding out. The forces, composed of fighters mainly from Misrata, say they are exercising caution […]

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Seven African leaders meet to discuss Libyan crisis

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Comments Off

Seven African leaders met at the African Union headquarter in Ethiopia on Tuesday to launch a new initiative to solve the 5-year-old Libyan crisis. “Africa today is affected by the disastrous consequences of the Libyan crisis,” said Idris Deby, President of Chad and chairperson of the African Union.

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Egyptian FM calls for dialogue as key to Libyan solution

Friday, November 4, 2016 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry held talks with deputy-chief of Libyan Presidential Council (PC) Fathi al-Majburi here on Thursday, highlighting dialogue and agreement among Libyan parties as key to unity of the conflict-stricken country, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement. Ahmed Abu Zeid, the ministry’s spokesman, said that the ministry attaches great interest […]

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Algerian army kill two terrorists in Jijel

Friday, November 4, 2016 Comments Off

Two terrorists have been killed and two Kalachnikov machine pistols were recovered by a detachment of the People’s National Army (ANP) on Friday in Jijel, said a communiqué of the National Defence Ministry (MDN). “As part of the fight against terrorism and following an ambush, an Army detachment killed, on 4 November 2016 at 12:00, […]

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Algeria, Mali “satisfied” with progress in peace agreement, resulting from Algiers process

Friday, November 4, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria and Mali on Friday in Bamako, expressed “satisfaction” with the progress made in the application of the Malian peace and national reconciliation agreement, which resulted from Algiers Process. “The two parties noted with satisfaction, the progress made in the implementation of the Malian peace and national reconciliation agreement, which resulted from Algiers Process, and […]

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Morocco arrests 5 suspected of setting up ISIS training camp

Friday, November 4, 2016 Comments Off

Morocco’s Interior Ministry says it has arrested five people suspected of ties with the Islamic State and of plans to carry out attacks.

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Western powers discuss Libyan crisis

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Comments Off

President of the Presidency Council, Fayez Saraj met Tuesday in London with British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, US Secretary of State, John Kerry, Italian Foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni and representative of the French Foreign Ministry. Head of UNSMIL, Martin Kobler was also present at the meeting. Several issued were addressed in the meeting related to […]

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Algeria praises military and security co-operation with Tunisia

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Comments Off

Algeria’s ambassador in Tunis Abdelkader Hadjar said, Tuesday, that Algeria which has suffered from terrorism for a long time, stands today beside Tunisia to counter any attempt to undermine its security. The military and security co-operation between the two countries is at its highest levels, he affirmed.

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EU starts training of Libyan navy

Thursday, October 27, 2016 Comments Off

The EU Naval Operation Sophia started this week the training of the Libyan Navy Coast Guard and Libyan Navy and the implementation of the UN arms embargo on the high seas off the coast of Libya. An EU statement Thursday noted that the naval operation aimed at disrupting the business model of human smugglers and […]

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5+5 Dialogue to focus on security and regional crises

Thursday, October 27, 2016 Comments Off

Security, fight against terrorism and the situation in the Arab world will be on the agenda of the 13th meeting, Friday in Marseille, of the Foreign Affairs Minister of 5+5 Dialogue on the western Mediterranean. This meeting of the western Mediterranean’s countries will bring together, in addition to Algeria, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Libya, […]

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French Surveillance Plane Heading for Libya Crashes in Malta

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Comments Off

A plane crashed Monday morning in Malta killing all five French people on Tuesday morning at 7:20 a.m. shortly after take-off in Luqa airport. Maltese officials said French customs officials were among victims on the flight, which was heading for the city of Misrata in Libya.

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Algeria, Spain discuss political and security cooperation

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, Abdelkader Messahel and visiting Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Ybanez, vowed on Monday to boost bilateral cooperation in the political, security and economic fields.

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UK sends troops to help Tunisia fight Daesh

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Comments Off

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said that the UK military will send 40 military troops to Tunisia in an effort to stop the entry of Daesh fighters from neighbouring Libya. According to Fallon, the military personnel will train around 200 Tunisian army elements focusing on operational planning, intelligence, surveillance and mobile patrols.

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US air strikes pound Sirte to oust Daesh

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Comments Off

US aircraft hit Daesh targets with more 30 strikes over the last three days on the Libyan city of Sirte as pro-government forces push into its last militant-held districts, the US military said on Monday. Libyan forces are close to ending a six-month campaign to liberate Sirte from the Daesh group, which took over the […]

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Vice-president of India begins visit to Algeria

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 Comments Off

Vice-president of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari started on Monday a three-day official visit to Algeria. Ansari was greeted at Houari-Boumediene international airport by Chairman of the People’s National Assembly Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra and members of the government.

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5 militants killed in Algeria amid ongoing counter-terror operation

Friday, September 30, 2016 Comments Off

Algerian counterterrorism forces on Thursday killed five armed militants in Tazoult of Batna province, 480 km southeast Algiers, Defense Ministry said in a statement. The operation is still underway. Troops have managed to retrieve machine guns and large quantity of ammunition, the source added.

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Tunisia, Germany sign security co-operation agreement

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Comments Off

A security co-operation agreement was signed between Tunisia and Germany at the end of a working session held Monday in Berlin, under the chairmanship of Interior Minister Hedi Majdoub and his German counterpart Thomas de Maizière. According to a statement from the Interior Department, the agreement provides for the diversification of areas of bilateral co-operation, […]

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