Libya’s Sarraj meets with UK ambassador over Johnson diplomatic row

Libya’s Sarraj meets with UK ambassador over Johnson diplomatic row

Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council for Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), met with the British ambassador on Thursday amid a diplomatic row over UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson’s remarks about Libya. Sarraj asked Ambassador Peter Millett to clarify the “unacceptable and surprising” comments, the GNA…

New EU immigration plan puts focus on Africa’s most vulnerable

The European Union introduced on Wednesday a new immigration plan that would bring at least 50,000 new people, primarily from African and Middle East nations, into member countries. The proposed two-year plan will run through October 2019, and acknowledges the shift in migration patterns across the Mediterranean since the immigration…

Changes for Chad, Sudan as U.S. rolls out new travel ban rules

Citizens of Chad now face travel restrictions to the United States, following a Sunday announcement by President Donald Trump that names eight countries on a new list of suspensions – but removes the previous restrictions against citizens of Sudan. Chad, along with Libya and Somalia, are the three African nations…

IOM, Libyan officials meet to coordinate migrant rescues

There was some positive news Tuesday from the International Organization for Migration, as officials announced they had not seen a single migrant death on the Mediterranean Sea in the past three weeks. That’s a far cry from the 689 deaths recorded in August 2015, and the news comes as the…

Libya’s Sarraj heads to Sudan for state visit

Fayez Al-Sarraj, head of the Presidency Council for Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), begins a two-day state visit Sunday to Sudan. Sarraj visits Khartoum at the invitation of President Omar Al-Bashir, and will be accompanied by a delegation of ministers and Libyan officials to discuss issues shared by…

UN envoy in Libya says abducted Zeidan is safe, in good health

The former prime minister of Libya, released after a week-long abduction and disappearance, is safe and in good health, according to information released Wednesday by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The mission said that Ghassan Salame, the new UN special envoy to Libya, has spoken with Ali…

TASS report: Russia plans military cooperation deal with Niger

Russia’s TASS news agency reports that Moscow plans to sign a military cooperation deal with Niger, focused on international security and the war on terror. TASS, citing a government resolution published on Russia’s legal information website on Thursday, said the government would approve a draft agreement submitted by its Defense…

Guinea’s latest group of migrants home from Libya

More than 5,000 migrants so far this year have returned from Libya to their countries of origin, the International Organization for Migration said, including 132 people from Guinea who flew home to Conakry last Thursday. The group was on the sixth flight back to Guinea from Libya this year, as…

HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

The European Union’s dicey migration deal with Turkey is causing untold misery among migrants and refugees trapped on Greek islands, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Wednesday. The HRW organization conducted research in May and June on the island of Lesbos that “documented the deteriorating mental health…