Reckless acts such as attack on Bashaga hamper Libyan political process: Kubiš

Sami Hegazi
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Jan Kubiš, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), described the attack on the motorcade of Libyan Minister of Interior Fathi Bashaga as reckless.

Kubiš also said that the attack aimed to obstruct the political process in the country.

The UNSMIL wrote on Twitter, Kubiš “strongly condemned” the incident, and expressed “grave concern over the serious security incident” which targeted Bashaga. 

He said, “Reckless acts constitute a threat to stability and security, [and aims to hamper] the political process and other efforts to support Libya and its people.”

In a second tweet, the UN special envoy called for a “full, swift and transparent investigation over the incident.” He added, “Once again, we confirm how important it is to keep all weapons only in the hands of legitimate authorities.”

Moreover, US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland said, “The US expresses its outrage over the attack targeting Minister Bashaga and expresses sympathy for the injured member of his team.”

Norland highlighted Bashaga’s support for “ending the influence of rogue militias,” according to a Twitter post by the US Embassy.

In a statement, the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Interior Ministry said that Bashaga’s motorcade came under fire, on Sunday, in the area of Janzour west of Tripoli. The attack, carried out by an armed group, and injured one of the motorcade’s guards. 

The GNA’s Ministry of Interior has condemned the attempt to assassinate Bashaga. 

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