26 August – 1 September: US and UN co-chair Libya meeting

Sep 2, 2020 | International actors

On 27 August, the United States and United Nations co-chaired a meeting regarding the Berlin Process on Libya. During the meeting, the US welcomed calls by House of Representatives (HoR) Speaker Aqeela Saleh and Government of National Accord (GNA) head Fayez al-Serraj on 21 August for a ceasefire and the resumption of oil production. The US also reiterated its support for Libyan efforts to build on this momentum and ‘to achieve a peaceful political solution that preserves Libyan sovereignty.’

On 30 August, the head of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, met with Acting Head of the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL) Stephanie Williams in Cairo to discuss the latest developments in Libya. At the meeting, the two parties agreed on the importance of building on the joint calls for a ceasefire and vowed to end all hostilities in Libya. They also called for presidential and parliamentary elections and the resumption of oil exports.

On 29 August, Acting Head of UNSMIL, Williams, arrived in Cairo for a three-day visit to engage with various officials on the Libya crisis. On 30 August, Williams met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry to discuss efforts to advance political discussions centred on the ceasefire statements of 21 August. According to an official statement by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, the two ‘shared a vision’ on the way to reach a political settlement.


On 28 August, Turkey announced that it would undertake military exercises, known as ‘gunnery exercises’, off the northwest coast of Cyprus from 29 August through to 11 September. This coincided with the extending of activities of a seismic vessel in the Mediterranean until 1 September. Within hours of Turkey’s announcement, Greece’s Parliament ratified a maritime accord with Egypt on maritime boundaries. On 26 August, Greece and Italy also finalised a similar agreement.