Libya: The West Wants New Cabinet Line-Up Approved
Libyan authorities sent a new list of the team of the unity government to the House of Representatives for approval. In a joint statement, NATO allies praised the move, saying “members of the House of Representatives are responsible for taking the next vital step in implementing the Libya Political Agreement, which provides the only means to restore peace and stability in Libya.”
The statement assured the Libyan people that Washington and European superpowers stand firmly behind Libyans, the parliament and Sarraj’s government.
For his part, UN Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler reiterated his support to Sarraj’s government. Last week, the Tobruk-based parliament refused to give confidence to the UN-backed unity government, in a setback to efforts aimed at resolving the Libyan conflict.
NATO allies called on all Libyan warring factions “to refrain from hostilities and avoid any action that could damage or disrupt Libya’s energy infrastructure.”
“Restoring oil exports is vital to generating revenues that can provide for the essential needs of the Libyan people, including electricity, healthcare, and infrastructure,” stressed NATO allies’ joint statement.
At the request of the UN-backed Libyan unity government in Tripoli, the US launched lately airstrikes against ISIS positions in the strategic port city of Sirte to enable local government forces make a decisive and strategic advance to capture the city wherein jihadist fighters are entrenched.
Libya, following the death of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, has descended into chaos, with no central government. The Islamic State has taken advantage of the situation to conquer vast swaths of land in the country, mostly in coastal regions where many criminal gangs indulge in illegal migrant trafficking.
Rival groups signed a political accord that hashed out a Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Serraj. Despite strong and vast backing from the international community, the GNA is still struggling to assert its authority challenged by Islamists and armed groups.