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Libya’s GNA Holds Onto Arab League Membership

Libya’s GNA Holds Onto Arab League Membership

Friday, 6 December, 2019 - 10:30
Reuters file photo of GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj

Libya’s Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj, has exerted strong efforts to persuade members of the Arab League (AL) not to suspend its membership after a request made by the Libyan House of Representatives for the organization to take action against the GNA.

Meanwhile, Sarraj downplayed the storming of his government headquarters and the finance ministry by armed men on Wednesday by chairing a meeting for the GNA to brief its members on the results of his trip abroad.

According to a statement released by Sarraj, he discussed mechanisms to meet the needs of those displaced from the offensive by the Libyan National Army (LNA) on the capital.

Sarraj chaired a meeting for the Libyan Investment Authority’s board of trustees in attendance of the Central Bank governor and ministers of finance, planning, and economy and industry.

They discussed the report of the authority’s activities in 2019 and follow-up on its performance.

For his part, Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayyala continued Thursday his diplomatic efforts in an attempt to persuade Arab countries not to approve parliament’s request to suspend GNA’s representation in the AL.

Sayyala held phone conversations with the FMs of Jordan, Oman, and Mauritania in addition to Kuwait's Deputy Foreign Minister to warn them of some countries’ attempts to undermine GNA’s legitimacy.

Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh has recently demanded that the UN and the AL not recognize the MoU signed between Sarraj and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week.

The MoU included cooperation and demarcation of the maritime borders between the two countries.

In the field, LNA Commander Khalifa Haftar decided to grant the families of the fallen soldiers in the revolution of dignity operation a financial reward of LYD100,000.

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