G7 to Discuss Libyan Crisis on Saturday

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On Thursday, Italy requested that Western Foreign Minister’s discuss the situation in Libya on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Munich on Saturday, Italian news agency Nova reported.

Citing unnamed European diplomatic sources, the ministerial meeting will be held on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference. Germany currently chairs the G7 group, which also includes the US, France, UK, Italy, Canada, and Japan.

Ukraine, Russia, and NATO are set to be the focus of the conference, especially on Saturday.

Last week, Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh announced that they had unanimously appointed Fathi Bashagha as the new Prime Minister. He is set to replace the current PM of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba.

The Parliament is expected to hold a new vote of confidence for Bashagha’s government on Monday, amid growing fears that this would create two parallel governments in Libya once again.

Earlier today,Head of Libya’s Presidential Council (PC), Mohamed Al-Mnifi met with German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz to discuss the latest political developments in Libya.

The meeting came on the sidelines of the Sixth European Union – African Union Summit, set for 17-18 February, at the EU headquarters in Brussels.

The German Chancellor stressed the need to “consolidate the gains made from the first and second Berlin conferences, and not to drag the country back to square one.” He also called for holding Presidential elections on a consensual constitutional basis, and meet the aspirations of the Libyan people to elect their leaders.

The ongoing political chaos, after a failed Presidential election, scheduled for December 2021, threatens to renew violence and divisions across the country.