Libya’s Foreign Minister hails peace deal


Libya’s internationally recognized foreign minister has, meanwhile, responded to news of the deal, and says it lays the groundwork for a smooth transition in the troubled country.

Libya’s two factions yesterday signed a deal that could see peace return to the country that has been plagued by violence since the ouster of long serving leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Western officials have urged the Libyan governments to act quickly and reach a deal, warning that the instability in the country was giving room for extremist groups like the Islamic State to expand.

Libya’s chaos has opened the door to a surge of migrants and refugees who set off from its coast for Europe in often rickety boats operated by smugglers. Many have died on the journey.