Libya has failed to hold its first-ever presidential elections as scheduled in December, a major blow to international efforts to end decade-long chaos in the oil-rich Mediterranean nation.
The Sufi institute was closed for six years following the attack in 2012 by the militants who raided the site, blowing up part of its sanctuary and burning books.
The council has agreed unanimously to follow through on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ recent proposal for up to 60 monitors to join an existing political mission in Libya.
Authorities in western Libya free 120 fighters loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar, the latest move towards reconciliation in a UN-backed peace process aimed at ending years of violence.
Foreign Minister Najla al Mangoush tells visiting top diplomats of France, Germany and Italy that an estimated 20,000 mercenaries and foreign fighters must "leave the Libyan lands immediately."
Russia's shuttle diplomacy around the Middle East projects is an attempt to project power as the US looks to re-calibrate its approach in the region.
At a joint military drill with Azerbaijani troops, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Turkey is also ready to help boost the Iraqi military's effectiveness through sharing its knowledge and experience as a NATO member.
The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military committee, took place in the southwestern village of al Shwayrif.
Participants at the talks in Tunisia "agreed that national elections should take place on 24 December 2021," acting UN envoy Stephanie Williams said.
The battle for the central coastal city could determine control over a major source of Libya's income – oil fields that tribes allied with warlord Khalifa Haftar shut down earlier this year.
Turkey's President Erdogan said putschist Khalifa Haftar and his supporters are the biggest obstacle to peace in Libya.
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