Head of Foreign Affairs Committee Discusses Developments with EU Ambassador to Libya

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On Thursday, the Head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Libyan Parliament Yousef Al-Agouri, held a telephone call with Alan Bugeja, Head of the EU Delegation to Libya. They discussed the latest political developments in the country.

The talks focused on bilateral relations and projects between Libya and the EU. They also highlighted the importance of enhancing joint coordination between the two sides.

Al-Agouri stressed the EU’s important role in supporting the stability of Libya. He voiced the parliament’s keenness to maintain continuous coordination with the EU. He also called for the lifting of the 2016 sanctions imposed by the EU on the Speaker of Parliament Ageela Saleh.

Bugeja praised the efforts of the parliament in putting an end to escalating tension and reiterated his rejection of any foreign presence on Libyan soil.

On Friday, Ageela Saleh, called on all Libyan parties to announce an immediate ceasefire and end to all combat operations throughout the country.

The Speaker proposed that the city of Sirte be demilitarised, and for it to become a temporary seat for a new Presidential Council. Police from various regions would secure Sirte, in preparation for unifying state institutions.

Notably, protests against Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) have erupted in Tripoli. Activists have shared videos on social media, of heavy police presence near the People’s Hall government building. Anti-GNA demonstrations first began on Sunday evening in Tripoli and Misrata, over poor living conditions and widespread corruption.

Saleh, considered the attack on demonstrators in Tripoli, an unjustified assault and abuse of power. He affirmed the citizens’ right to demonstrate peacefully and express their opinions freely. He noted that it is also a human right recognised by Islamic law, charters, norms, and international laws, provided that no harm is done to others, or public and private property.