Libyan Interior Minister Holds Meeting with East Military Leaders


On Monday the Interior Minister of the Libyan Parliament-designated government, Major General Essam Abu-Zariba convened a meeting to discuss the current security challenges, and ways to strengthen internal security.

The meeting was attended by the Director of Administrative Affairs, the Director of Legal Affairs, and the Director of Secretariat Affairs, at the Ministry’s headquarters in Sirte.

The meeting also discussed the administrative and legal framework of the ministry, including the protection of sensitive and confidential information.

During the meeting, Abu-Zariba reviewed ways to enhance and improve administrative and legal operations, procedures, and policies related to security within the ministry.

He emphasized the importance of fostering cooperation and coordination among different departments, while commending the efforts of the directors in executing their assigned tasks.

In June, the Security Directorate of Tobruk announced the lifting of the curfew imposed across the city. The Directorate stated that this came based on the instructions of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior, Faraj Qaim.

The Directorate warned residents to avoid areas with active operations, in the interest of public safety.

The night curfew was from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The announcement of the night curfew coincided with a large-scale security operation in the city of Tobruk targeting human and contraband traffickers.

The curfew, however, exempted medical personnel, auxiliary healthcare workers, individuals with medical emergencies, those engaged in humanitarian work, police officers, armed forces, and members of the general sanitation company while carrying out their duties.

The Tobruk Security Director indicated that the curfew was instituted based on the instructions from the Deputy Minister of Interior, and the Head of the special security chamber. This was formed by the directives from the Commander in Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar.

In May, the Libyan Prime Minister-designate, Osama Hammad said that his government “will do its utmost to serve the Libyan people.” He announced that his government would “launch a comprehensive national dialogue soon, that guarantees rights and freedoms and relieves the suffering of the displaced at home, and abroad.”

In his first televised speech after being appointed by the Libyan Parliament, Hammad called on oversight bodies to “fight administrative and financial corruption, and achieve the highest rates of transparency to preserve public money in accordance with the law, and within the framework of true accountability through an independent judiciary.”

The Prime Minister pledged to “work within a clear plan in order to build the state.”

He also pledged that his government is “committed to all international covenants, agreements, and treaties, and will be keen to fulfil its regional and international obligations and adopt a policy of cooperation and mutual respect with all international bodies and institutions.”

In addition, Hammad called on all international and diplomatic missions, led by the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) to “carry out its role through its mandated task to facilitate national reconciliation among all segments of the Libyan people.”