Council Members

News & Comment

The following news headlines are selected breaking news stories about Libya and the Libyan business arena, which are collected daily from a variety of sources.

If you click on "Read More" for a headline marked "External Article" you will be taken to the source of that story. For all other articles, which can be read on the LBBC website, we welcome your comments and opinions.

Libya's Tripoli group delays joining peace talks after official quits [Reuters]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

27th Aug 15: Delegates for Libya's rival government in Tripoli will hold off joining peace talks that were due to start on Thursday until they manage to form a new team following the resignation of a senior negotiator, a representative said.

Read More

U.N. envoy confident Libya factions can seal deal around September 10 [Reuters]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

27th Aug 15: The United Nations special envoy to Libya said he was optimistic that the country's two parliaments will be ready to agree on forming a unity government by mid-September, a vital step towards ending the political crisis and military conflict.

Read More

Arab League calls for regional countries to support Libya's anti-IS fight [Middle East Eye]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

19th Aug 15: The Arab League on Tuesday called for the drafting of a strategy for military support to crisis-hit Libya against the Islamic State group.

Read More

Libya calls on fellow Arab countries to help arm its military to fight local IS affiliate [Star Tribune]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

18th Aug 15: Libya's internationally recognized government on Tuesday urged fellow Arab countries to arm its military so it can face the expanding Islamic State affiliate in the country.

Read More

Libya PM withdraws offer to resign [news24]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

18th Aug 15: Libya's internationally recognised prime minister, Abdullah al-Thani, has withdrawn an offer to resign, a move which would have added to the chaos in the conflict-strewn country, his spokesperson said on Monday.

Read More

Joint Statement on Libya [FCO UK]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

17th Aug 15: Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States

Read More

Libya to rebuild Tripoli international airport [Airport-technology.com]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

17th Aug 15: The heavily damaged Tripoli international airport in Libya will soon be renovated with the rebuilding of its terminal and other structures.

Read More

Geneva Libyan dialogue talks end on positive note [Digital Journal]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

14th Aug 15: After meeting for two days at the UN offices in Geneva participants in the latest round of the Libyan Political Dialogue concluded discussions yesterday. The talks were presided over by the UN special representative to Libya, Bernardino Leon.

Read More

U.N. urges Libyan factions to agree unity government this month [Reuters]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

12th Aug 15: The United Nations special envoy to Libya called on the country's warring parties on Tuesday to agree on a national unity government by the end of August and endorse it with a vote in September.

Read More

U.N. to host Libya talks on Monday in push for unity government [Reuters]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

7th Aug 15: The United Nations will convene a new round of Libya talks on Monday in Geneva in a push to persuade warring parties to agree on a unity government and end the violence gripping the oil producer, the U.N. said on Thursday.

Read More

Libya to get electricity from Egypt, Tunisia to ease blackouts -Tripoli govt [Reuters]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

6th Aug 15: Libya will import electricity from Egypt and Tunisia and rent generators as it struggles with power outages that have plunged its main cities into darkness, the Tripoli government said.

Read More

New Libya Oil Chief Mulls Resuming Exports at Eastern Ports [Bloomberg]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

5th Aug 15: The new head of the state oil company for eastern Libya is considering restarting exports from the region’s two largest ports and plans to boost crude output.

Read More

LBBC have sent condolences to the family of Mr Mohamed Layas, former Chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority, following his death in Germany.

Inhouse Article. Commenting Enabled.

3rd Aug 15:

Read More

UN's Leon holds fresh Libya peace talks in Algiers [Middle East Eye]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

31st Jul 15: UN envoy Bernardino Leon was to hold talks with members of the General National Congress parliament which boycotted a UN peace deal for the conflict-hit country, both sides said Thursday.

Read More

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi sentenced to death in Libya [The Telegraph]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

29th Jul 15:

The British-educated son of Col Muammar Gaddafi has been sentenced to death by firing squad by a court in war-torn Libya.

Read More

UK government drafting plans to defeat Islamic State in Libya [Digital Journal]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

27th Jul 15:

British Prime Minister David Cameron claims that the UK should be ready to fight terrorist groups anywhere in the world. He is drawing up plans for defeating Islamic State forces inside Syria.


Read More

Libya: UN mission calls for immediate ceasefire as fresh violence erupts across country's southern region [UN News]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

24th Jul 15: Deeply concerned by escalating violence in southern Libya, the United Nations Support Mission in the crisis-torn country called for an immediate ceasefire today amid fighting that has claimed dozens of lives in recent weeks and is a “further reminder of the chaos engulfing Libya and the need for the main…actors to move quickly to reach a political settlement.”

Read More

A vision for Libya: Aref Nayed details the changes the Government of National Accord has to make [Libya Herald]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

20th Jul 15: Interview with Aref Nayed

Read More

Foreign Secretary welcomes Libya agreement [FCO UK]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

14th Jul 15: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond comments on the agreement to establish a Government of National Accord in Libya.

Read More

Tripoli parliament stays away from signing of Libya peace agreement [Reuters]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

12th Jul 15: Some Libyan warring factions signed an initial United Nations-sponsored agreement on Sunday to form a unity government and end fighting, but a key player from a parliament controlling the capital Tripoli stayed away.

Read More

Libya's recognized government warns tankers away from Ras Lanuf port [Reuters]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

10th Jul 15:

Read More

EU promises support to Libyan municipalities while looking for help to end political crisis [Libya Herald]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

9th Jul 15:

Mayors from Benghazi, Zintan, Sebha and Gharyan as well two Libyan municipal coordinators met European officials in Brussels today as part of EU efforts to build relations between Libyan municipalities and Europe as well as further encourage them to take a leading role in ending the current political crisis.

Read More

Tripoli parliament rejects Libya peace plan [Al Aribiya]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

8th Jul 15: The parliament in Tripoli rejected Tuesday a U.N. proposal to resolve Libya's political crisis but said it wanted to press on with talks toward reaching an accord with its rival in the east of the country.

Read More

Libya PM hopes for deal with rivals [Gulf News]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

2nd Jul 15:  Libya’s internationally recognised prime minister said he hoped to reach a power-sharing peace agreement on Thursday with his rivals during UN-backed talks to end a conflict that threatens to break up the country.

Read More

Joint Statement on Libya [FCO]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

1st Jul 15:

Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, express deep concern about ongoing violence within Libya, and expansion of terrorism in Libya.

Read More

Libya talks 'very positive,' reports UN envoy [UN News Centre]

External Article. Opens in a new Window.

30th Jun 15: The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative for Libya, Bernardino León, announced today that there is a political agreement amongst the parties on the majority of the elements of the draft proposal they are considering, and he hoped to have them initial it later this week.

Read More