Libya is opposed to “any normalization” with Israel and is fully supportive of the Palestinians, Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah said after fury over a recent meeting between the countries’ top diplomats.
Earlier, Dbeibah sacked his top diplomat after she met her Israeli counterpart, with news of the encounter triggering protests in the country, which does not recognize Israel.
Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush said her meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen in Rome was unplanned and informal, but an Israeli official told reporters it had lasted two hours and was approved “at the highest levels in Libya.”
The dispute over the meeting has fed into Libya’s internal political crisis, giving ammunition to Dbeibah’s internal critics at a moment when the future of his interim government was already in question.
The administration of US President Joe Biden reportedly issued a rebuke to Israel after the disclosure of the meeting, according to information obtained from senior U.S. and Israeli officials quoted by Walla.