News Roundup - Thu, Feb 16, 2017

News Roundup - Thu, Feb 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 - 18:03
Written by: AbdulkaderAssad

Western and southern military delegations visited Algeria and met with Abdelkader Messahel, the Algerian Maghreb Affairs Minister to discuss resolving the Libyan political crisis. The foreign ministry in Algeria said the meeting is part of Algeria’s efforts to bring together the Libyan conflicting parties together into a united government.

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The Minister of the Local Governing at the UN-proposed government discussed with his Tunisian counterpart the obstacles faced by the travelers crossing Ras Ajdair border between Libya and Tunisia, reported an official accompanying the minister on the visit. 

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 Libyan Businesspersons Council protested the standard customs tariffs decision that was issued by the Presidential Council regarding tapping 100% tariffs on the imported goods, saying the procedure would raise the cost of the goods and will affect the citizens. It demanded the PC to reconsider the decision.

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After 15-hour flight from Egypt to Ethiopia then to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, Al-Hilal team arrived to play Kenya’s Ulinzi Stars for the second leg match of the 64-round of the CAF Confederation Cup. Al-Hilal won the first leg match 1-0.

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A source from the High Council of State said what took place in Cair meetings was just proposals and ideas aiming at ending the political stalemate in Libya, calling on the UN and the Security Council to stop the support of some regional countries for the Speaker of the HoR, Aqilah Saleh and Khalifa Haftar, who are impeding the political agreement.  

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Mustafa Al-Sherksi, the leader in the Defend Benghazi Brigades, said the body of the pilot Ibrahim Al-Dersi, who was killed by the downing of the helicopter last Friday, is still with them and they won’t hand it over to Haftar’s forces unless they allow a safe corridor for the families that are still trapped in Ganouda.

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The member of the NOC, Jadallah Al-Okli, said Libya’s oil output is expected to increase from 700.000 bpd to 1.2 million bpd by August 2017, adding that Al-Feel oilfield’s resumption of production in southwestern Libya in a month to come can add 75.000 bpd to the current rates.

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GECOL’s media office said the load shedding policy has ended and the general power network has become stable after new power units joined the network and after the demand for power had shrunk with the warming of weather conditions. GECOL said Thursday new units were connected to the power network.

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Libya Post Office said it had deducted the costs of the mailing services by 30% to Turkey, Jordan, Sudan and Tunisia for a week to come starting next Saturday to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Libyan 17 February revolution.

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A high-ranking official at the banking sector in Egypt confirmed that Egypt is negotiating with Libya the delay of payment for the Libyan deposit at the Egyptian Central Bank, which is worth 2 billion dollars without saying what party is negotiating the delay, the parallel or the Tripoli-based CBL.