Egypt Omits Mention of BDB Advance in Libya Statement
Eye on ISIS in Libya’s ‘Western Response’ update highlights that:
On 6 March,the Egyptian National Committee on Libya issued a statement calling on Libyan parties to continue with political negotiations brokered by Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia. However, Egypt made no mention of the ongoing oil crescent conflict sparked by the Benghazi Defence Brigades (BDB) advance on the Libyan National Army (LNA) on 3 March. This is surprising given the developments are so significant and that Egypt has actively supported Haftar’s previous offensives against the BDB, both in the east and in the oil crescent.
UN envoy Martin Kobler has called on “all parties to refrain from further escalation and ensure the protection of civilians and Libya’s oil facilities”. On 6 March, the Ambassadors of the US, UK and France issued a joint statement strongly condemning the escalation of violence and calling for an immediate ceasefire. They called on “all parties to cease provocative actions against National Oil Corporation (NOC) employees,” and stated that “the NOC must remain under the sole stewardship of the GNA.”
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