Diplomats said on Wednesday that the European Union plans to remove the name of Agila Saleh, head of the House of Representatives in eastern Libya, from the sanctions list.
Three diplomats said the European Union intends to remove the name of an influential Libyan mediator from its sanctions blacklist to encourage peace efforts and ensure that the bloc plays a central role in any negotiated settlement.
Diplomats reported that Aguila Saleh is now a key figure in the effort to bring the two parties to the Libyan conflict together.
In August 2020, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, Youssef Al-Aqouri, demanded, during phone talks with the head of the European Union delegation to Libya, Alain Bugia, to lift the sanctions imposed by the European Union since 2016 on Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh.
At the time, Al-Aqouri stressed the importance of the European Union’s role in supporting the stability of Libya and the House of Representatives’s keenness to maintain continuous coordination with the Union.
In March 2016, the European Union agreed to impose sanctions on those it considered obstructing the political process in Libya, as the sanctions included the Speaker of Parliament, Aqeelah Saleh, in addition to the former General National Congress President Nouri Bouhmine, and the prime minister of what was known as the Salvation Government, Khalifa al-Ghuwail.
The sanctions imposed by the European Union include a travel ban and a freeze on financial assets.
Source: RT + agencies