May 31 – June 6: HoR Follows Egypt, UAE to Cut Off Qatar

Jun 6, 2017 | International actors

On 5 June, the House of Representatives (HoR) announced it was cutting (non-existent) diplomatic ties with Qatar, in line with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, in light of its support for ‘terrorist’ groups. It said Qatar had contributed to the destabilization of Libya by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and others with ties to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).  The decision reflects the eastern faction’s close political and military alliance with Egypt and the UAE. The Government of National Accord (GNA) has not cut its ties with Qatar.

On 5 June, the foreign ministers from Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria met in Algiers to discuss possible solutions to the Libyan political crisis. Established in February 2017, this interregional cooperation has been praised by UN Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler.