European Union Urges Libyan Leaders to ‘End Transitional Phase’

Continued security reinforcements in Tripoli in order to ensure security and avoid the return of clashes (EPA)
Continued security reinforcements in Tripoli in order to ensure security and avoid the return of clashes (EPA)
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European Union Urges Libyan Leaders to ‘End Transitional Phase’

Continued security reinforcements in Tripoli in order to ensure security and avoid the return of clashes (EPA)
Continued security reinforcements in Tripoli in order to ensure security and avoid the return of clashes (EPA)

The European Union urged Libya’s leaders on Thursday to end the “transitional phase” and overcome the country’s crisis.

Meanwhile, tribal leaders, during a meeting held in the city of Misurata, rejected the proposal to form a new government, and demanded that parliamentary elections be held first.

Jose Sabadell, the EU ambassador to Libya emphasized the European strategy towards resolving the Libyan crisis.

Sabadell met with Libyan leaders, prior to the end of his tenure in the country.

“I had the privilege to be received yesterday by the Prime Minister to say goodbye as EU Ambassador to Libya. I was very fortunate to attend the ceremony of his swearing in at the House of Representatives in Tobruk in March 2021,” he wrote on X social platform, previously Twitter.

He added: “The difficult regional situation makes it even more urgent to reinforce stability by consolidating positive trends, avoiding returns to the past, and ending the transitional period through elections.”

He also underlined the EU’s continued readiness to support Libya, pointing to the need to increase cooperation with the country, especially in the issue of irregular migration.

Sabadell met with Abdul Hamid al-Dbeibeh, head of the interim National Unity government on Thursday. He also held talks with Mohammad al-Menfi, Chairman of the Presidential Council, on Wednesday evening.

During his meeting with Abdullah Al-Lafi, a deputy in the Presidential Council, Sabadell called for a “historic settlement” regarding the future of Libya, as the “only path” for a comprehensive solution to the current crisis.

He added that national reconciliation was the only means to reach a solution in the country.



Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
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Yemen's Houthis Say to Escalate Military Operations in Support of Gaza

A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)
A Houthi military helicopter flies over a cargo ship in the Red Sea. (Reuters)

Yemen's Houthis will continue their military operations and escalate them "in quality and quantity" in support of Palestinians in Israel's war in Gaza, the Iran-backed group's leader Abdulmalik al-Houthi said in a televised speech on Thursday, Reuters reported.

The group have been attacking ships in the Red Sea region since November, forcing shippers to re-route cargo to longer and more expensive journeys around southern Africa.

The group later expanded the scope of its attacks to the Indian Ocean and said it would also target any ships heading towards Israeli ports in the Mediterranean Sea.