Libya’s Tripoli Govt Reshuffles Top Security Officials

Libya's Tripoli Govt Reshuffles Top Security Officials

The Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, carried out Monday a reshuffle of security chiefs in the capital Tripoli.

 

Sarraj announced the formation of a joint coordination mechanism with the international community, with the participation of the UN mission in Libya.

Interior Minister Fathi Ali Bashagha dismissed Tripoli security chief Salah al-Samoui and appointed Salem al-Saeh in his place. The changes also included the majority of security chiefs in the capital, including its two international airports.

Later, Sarraj held talks with Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, who was visiting Tripoli at the head of a large delegation that included Chief of Staff Yasar Guler.

Talks focused on efforts to unify the military in Libya, said a statement from Sarraj’s office.

He said that unifying the military was among the GNA’s main objectives, stressing that this mission requires united political will and efforts.

The Libyan and Turkish officials also discussed boosting Libya’s security and defense capabilities, including counter-terrorism efforts.

Separately, UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame drew a bleak image of the situation in Libya, saying that the crisis has developed into a conflict over wealth, not ideologies.

Libya has become a gateway for traffickers and terrorist groups and a safe haven for criminals and armed gangs, he said on the sidelines of his participation in the World Youth Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh.

He demanded the establishment of a single legitimate government in Libya that can handle issues, adding that the political process was going ahead in the North African country according to a UN Security Council plan. The plan has, however, been confronted with many obstacles, especially the recent Oil Crescent crisis and string of terror operations.

On Monday, he held talks with Sarraj, the ministers of interior and justice and Investigations Chief at the Attorney-General Office. Discussion included prisoners conditions, release of arbitrarily detained or those who have served their sentence and security arrangements in Tripoli, said the UN mission in a tweet.

In addition, the UN mission in Libya condemned the recent attack on Sabrata and warned against further escalation.

Attacks on civilian facilities and endangering civilians, and in this case young children, are prohibited by International Humanitarian Law. Elements on the sanctions list are under intense scrutiny, it tweeted.

Salame is set to update the Security Council on the situation on Libya on Thursday.

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