Situation in Libya on Top of the Agenda of the AU High-Level Committee Meeting in Brazzaville Tomorrow – Al Marsad

Congolese news platforms announced today that the heads of state and governments of the African Union High-level Committee on Libya will hold their 8th Summit tomorrow, Thursday, in Brazzaville, at the initiative of the Chairman of the Committee, Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso, with the aim of activating the peace process and seeking a solution to the Libyan conflict.

[Libya, 29 January 2020] – The neighbouring countries of Libya in the Sahel and Sahara grouping are deeply concerned about the transnational terror groups operating in the region. Their focus of concern is particularly Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, and other militant armed groups linked to ISIS in Mali, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso as well as the Islamic State’s West Africa Province, Boko Haram terrorist organization in northern Nigeria.

In addition to members of the African Union High-level Committee on Libya, press sources anticipated that the meeting will be attended by the Head of the United Nations Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Félix Tshisekedi, as well as President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, Chairman of the AU High-level Committee on Libya.

Algerian News Agency has just reported, in a communiqué by the Presidency of the Republic, that Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune named Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad to represent him at the 8th Summit of the AU High Level Committee on Libya, scheduled for Thursday in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville.

The deployment of Turkish-backed terrorists in Libya adds another serious dimension to the crisis of instability in Libya that directly impacts Libya’s neighbours, particularly Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia where the arms proliferation, terrorist groups and armed militias in the areas that are still under control of the Government of National Accord (GNA) are threatening regional peace and stability.

Furthermore, Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM) has found safe refuge in the region due to the smuggling of arms across the Sahel by networks actively operating in the vast Sahara territories stretching from Libya to West Africa.

The African Union’s high level meeting on Libya tomorrow is seen by many observers as an AU renewed effort to attempt to play a vigorous role in reaching a settlement for the Libyan conflict under a pan-African umbrella in juxtaposition with the intensive European Union’s efforts and the Libya Summit that was held ten days ago in Berlin.

© Al Marsad English (2020)