Libya: Diplomat suspended after ‘chance’ meeting with Israeli counterpart

Libya’s prime minister suspended his foreign minister, Najla al-Mangoush, after news of his meeting with his Israeli counterpart on Sunday sparked protests in Tripoli and other Libyan cities.

Mrs Mangush”Temporarily suspended“And a” subjectAdministrative inquiry“By a commission headed by the Minister of Justice, the government of Abdelhamid Dibeba announced in a press release on Sunday evening.

Hours earlier, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen announced that he met with his Libyan foreign minister in Rome last week.Unpublished“.”I spoke with the External Affairs Minister about the great potential of relations between the two countries“, Mr. Cohen said, according to a statement from his office.

What took place in Rome was a chance and unofficial meeting, during which there was no discussion, agreement or consultation during the meeting with his Italian representative (Antonio Tajani).“, the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded in a press release.

The minister recalledLibya’s position on the Palestinian issue is clear and unambiguous“Mrs. Mangush,” the ministry added.It refused to meet with any party representing the Israeli establishment“and was”At this point it was decidedly certain“.

Libya, plunged into chaos since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011, has not maintained diplomatic ties with Israel.

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