Libyan premier wants logistical support

2014-10-22 14:10

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Valletta - Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said on Tuesday that his government was seeking logistical aid to overcome militia that have taken control of key cities, including Tripoli.

Al-Thinni was in Malta leading a delegation including his deputy and four cabinet members.

The UN's special envoy to Libya, Bernardino Leon, was expected on Tuesday evening in Malta for talks with al-Thinni in an effort to break the deadlock on the crisis in the North African country, reporters were told.

Asked during a joint press conference with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat whether he would favour direct military intervention in Libya by foreign powers, al-Thinni said his government was only requesting "logistical support."

Muscat said: "Our repeated call for security in Libya stems from the fact that no security in the Mediterranean would mean there would be no security in the European Union or worldwide."

Al-Thinni met with Deborah Jones, US ambassador to Libya, who has been forced to work from Malta due to the unrest in Libya.

The presence of the Libyan prime minister and his cabinet members in Malta is being linked with mediation efforts to end the present conflict, which has seen the elected government lose control of Tripoli and other major cities to Islamist militias.

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