Former US envoy to Libya says seized Russian-printed dinars is an opportunity to reform Libya’s civil war economy

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Former US envoy to Libya says seized Russian-printed dinars is an opportunity to reform Libya’s civil war economy

November 09, 2019 - 13:47
Written by: SafaAlharathy

Former US envoy to Libya Jonathan Winer has said that the seizure of Russian-printed dinars by the Maltese authorities highlights an opportunity to reform Libya’s civil war economy, and would assist the Government of National Accord (GNA) in countering Haftar's attack on Tripoli.

Winer said in an article on the Middle East Institute in Washington "These funds have become an essential means of financing Haftar's war on Tripoli. Surprisingly, neither GNA head, Fayez Al-Sarraj nor Central Bank of Libya (CBL) Governor, Saddek El-Kaber has moved to actually declare the Russian currency illegal," pointing to their failure even to set a plan that would declare the Russian-printed dinars to be non-negotiable after a certain date.

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