Libyan Parliament: No More Dealing with Foreign Ambassadors for 10 years After Completion of Their Term

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On Wednesday, the Head of the National Defence and Security Committee, in the Libyan Parliament, Talal Al-Mihoub, called on all Libyan institutions not to deal with former foreign ambassadors and envoys to Libya, who have completed their work in the country, until 10 years have passed.

In a statement, Al-Mihoub added that the Committee’s decision aims to prevent any harm to Libya’s national security. This is in light of the desires of foreign ambassadors to gain from their previous political influence in Libya. He stressed that those who violate this decision would be prosecuted.

He went on to say that all Libyan businessmen, and work councils are also banned from contacting the envoys or joining them in commercial missions. This is regardless of whether they do so through contracts, or by simply inviting them to meet with Libyan officials.

Libya has been marred in turmoil since 2011, when a civil war toppled and killed long-time leader, Muammar Gaddafi. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) is fighting for control of the country against the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar