14 November – 20 November: UN Security Council lists Salah Badi for sanctions

Nov 20, 2018 | International actors

On 16 November, the UN Security Council listed the commander of the Misratan al-Samoud Brigade, Salah Badi, for sanctions that include an asset freeze and travel ban. In a statement from the UN it remarks that Badi had “worked to consistently undermine a political solution in Libya” and that it will not allow those working to obstruct stability to act with impunity.

On 16 November, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) stated five EU countries paid out funds that were frozen by UN sanctions in 2011. The countries named include the UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Luxembourg. The LIA cite a letter from the Belgium finance ministry to Euroclear dated 4 October 2012, stating that there was “no longer any legal basis to freeze interest on these funds”. All the governments, except Belgium, have yet to respond to the claims.

On 15 November, the US State Department renewed its ten-year US-Libya Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement. A signing ceremony was held at the US State Department with Libyan Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber.