Al-Mihoub: Statement by the British Embassy is “Blatant Interference” in Libyan Affairs – Al Marsad

The Parliamentary Defense and National Security Committee expressed its strong criticism of the silence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of National Unity (GNU) on the UK’s “blatant interference” in the affairs of Libya.

According to press statements by the head of the committee, Talal Al-Mihoub, quoted by the Russian Sputnik news agency, the statement issued by the British Embassy in Libya will not pass without taking Libya taking a position on it, and that the matter will be raised in the Parliament session.

Al-Mihoub added that interference is blatant and unacceptable, and that the British ambassador should only take care of her country’s interests. He also criticised sharply the GNU’s Foreign Ministry for turning a blind eye to the matter and not protesting.

Yesterday evening, given the protests and controversy since statements by the British Embassy in Libya, the Embassy issued a further statement attempting to clarify what it meant. “There’s lots of news circulating about the UK’s stance on elections in Libya—here’s our firm position in the below statement”, said the British Embassy:

Libyan commentators remarked last night that the new statement did not amount to an apology or a retraction, or a credible clarification of the comments originally made which had provoked such massive bi-partisan criticism and anger across Libya.

Continued meetings between the GNU’s Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush, and the British Ambassador Caroline Hurndall, since her appointment as ambassador in August this year. The close relations between the interim GNU and the British Embassy, is seen by many as the reason behind al-Mangoush’s silence on the controversy.