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Qatar opens up to Libya's eastern camp after years of animosity

16 6 23

The Speaker of Libya's House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, visited Qatar on 10 September where he spoke with officials before meeting Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani. Saleh's visit came two days after Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh left Doha, which suggests that the Gulf State is seeking to mediate between Dbeibeh and his rival camp in which Saleh plays an important part. Dbeibeh lost a parliamentary vote of confidence in September 2021 just seven months after he was voted in. Then, in February this year, the House went further and elected Fathi Bashagha as Prime Minister but he has failed to take over, because Dbeibeh refuses to hand over power unless it is to an elected government.

The rapprochement between the House of Representatives (HoR) and Qatar comes after years of bad relations between the two, during which the former accused Doha of interfering in Libya's internal affairs. In June 2017, the HoR issued a statement announcing its decision to sever all ties with Qatar, accusing it of "adopting adverse policies" towards Libya. The HoR called on the country's Ministry of Justice to prepare a file detailing "what Qatar has done" to the Libyan people and accused Doha of supporting "terrorist groups" inside Libya. It even called on the UN and the International Criminal Court to investigate Qatar's role in Libya.

Many nations are interfering in Libya's affairs – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Many nations are interfering in Libya's affairs – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

That announcement was seen at the time as being in support of the leading........

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