Politics & Economics

Sarraj Discusses with Cabinet Ministers Frozen Libyan Funds

North Africa

In a meeting with cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj discussed the issue of Libyan frozen assets and funds abroad and the measures that should be taken to ensure their legal protection.

Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj adopted on Wednesday a compromising approach after conflicting French and Italian stances on the presidential and parliamentary elections that the UN mission plans to hold by the end of the year.

Following the two consecutive controversial visits made by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Italian Defense Minister Elisabetta Trenta to Libya, GNA Spokesman Mohamad al-Salak said that Sarraj has expressed full support for the constitutional referendum, and parliamentary, presidential and municipal elections.

He stressed that the government has allocated a TND66 million to the Electoral Commission and handed it over its new building.

Salak pointed to an earlier meeting by Sarraj with the head of the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections (CCMCE) to discuss means to support the committee and solve issues that hinder its work.

After meeting Sarraj, Trenta, reiterated Italy’s support for national reconciliation in Libya and the completion of the consensual political process.

He appeared this week to take a swipe at a French push for Libya to hold the elections this year, insisting a vote should not be rushed.

Sarraj also held a meeting to follow-up the file of Libyan frozen assets and funds abroad and the measures taken to ensure their legal protection.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Mohammad Sayala, Planning Minister Tahir Jahimi and Chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority Ali Mahmoud.

The Information Office of the Presidential Council explained that Sarraj was briefed on a related report and the contacts made with the Security Council Sanctions Committee on Libyan demands to manage the frozen assets and funds.

The meeting also discussed the follow-up to ensure that the assets and funds were safeguarded.

On the other hand, the French Foreign Ministry said that Le Drian’s visit to Libya came as part of the international conference on the country, hosted by the French President on May 29 through UN sponsorship, represented by Ghassan Salame, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for Libya.

Le Drian’s talks in Libya included the implementation of the commitments made by the Libyan parties that include three fundamental principles and two crucial entitlements for the country’s future.

The Paris agreement includes a September 16 deadline to come up with an electoral law, the organization of legislative and presidential elections on December 10 and the unification of economic and security institutions under the civil authority.

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Article: Asharq al-Awsat