Cor­re­spon­dence shows Mal­tese gov­ern­ment stonewalling of­fi­cial Libyan gov­ern­ment over charge d’af­faires

Malta Independent - - NEWS - David Lind­say

Of­fi­cial cor­re­spon­dence from the United Na­tions-recog­nised Libyan gov­ern­ment – the Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Ac­cord – seen by this news­pa­per, has shown how the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment has been ef­fec­tively stonewalling the gov­ern­ment that it says it recog­nises.

The is­sue re­volves around who, ex­actly, is the charge d’af­faires for the recog­nised Libyan gov­ern­ment – Hus­sein Mus­rati, who the GNC in­sists is its man in Malta, or Al­habib Alamin, who ap­pears to be cling­ing some­what ten­u­ously to his po­si­tion.

In one of­fi­cial let­ter ad­dressed to Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Muscat, the United Na­tions of­fi­cially-recog­nised Libyan Vice Prime Min­is­ter Ali al Qa­trani in­forms Dr Muscat: “…kindly note that as from to­day 28 Au­gust 2016 Mr Al­habib Alamin no longer oc­cu­pies the post of Charge d’Af­faires of the Libyan Em­bassy to the Repub­lic of Malta, and with im­me­di­ate ef­fect we in­form you of the reap­point­ment of Mr Hus­sein Mus­rati [diplo­matic pass­port num­ber pro­vided] as the Charge d’Af­faires of the Libyan Em­bassy to the Repub­lic of Malta.

“While we thank you for your kind co­op­er­a­tion, please as­sist Mr Mus­rati to con­duct his work to strengthen the his­tor­i­cal broth­er­hood and eco­nomic re­la­tions be­tween our peo­ples.”

On 14 Sep­tem­ber, Libyan Par­lia­ment Pres­i­dent Agi­lah Saleh wrote to Dr Muscat per­son­ally re­fer­ring to Mr al Qa­trani’s let­ter in Au­gust and an­other fol­lowup let­ter from Mr Mus­rati, to com­plain about the fact that no replies had been forth­com­ing from the Mal­tese For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry.

In the let­ter Mr Saleh refers clearly to “the ap­point­ment of Hus­sein Mus­rati” and “the ter­mi­na­tion of the ser­vices of Mr Al­habib Alamin as the Charge d’Af­faires”.

“Mr Mus­rati,” the Libyan Par­lia­ment’s pres­i­dent writes, “in­formed the Libyan au­thor­i­ties that he sent all the let­ters men­tioned as soon as he re­ceived them to their des­ti­na­tion [the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment], and till to­day there is no re­ply from the Mal­tese Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

“We, the Libyan Par­lia­ment, the of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Libyan peo­ple as per the dec­la­ra­tion of the Libyan Con­sti­tu­tion, hereby con­firm the ap­point­ment of Mr Hus­sein Mus­rati as the Charge d’Af­faires and the ter­mi­na­tion of the ser­vices of Al­habib Alamin with im­me­di­ate ef­fect with no fur­ther de­lays and his re­turn back home to his pre­vi­ous job.”

Iron­i­cally, the Prime Min­is­ter is well-ac­quainted with Mr Saleh. Dr Muscat had, in fact, brought him to Malta along with Nuri Abu Sah­main last De­cem­ber to agree on a peace deal that never took shape.

In his own let­ter to the For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry, as cited by Mr Saleh, dated 29 Au­gust 2016, Mr Mus­rati had re­quested “with im­me­di­ate ef­fect the sus­pen­sion of the sig­na­ture of Mr Al­habib Alamin with all com­mer­cial banks of Malta to avoid any abuse that could hap­pen, till we give our in­struc­tions in writ­ing to banks where the Libyan Em­bassy holds its ac­counts. I would ap­pre­ci­ate your co­op­er­a­tion with the Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Dr Ge­orge Vella to ex­plain and elab­o­rate.”

In the years’ old bat­tle over who, ex­actly, rep­re­sents Libya in Malta, the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment has re­peat­edly said it recog­nises the gov­ern­ment recog­nised by the United Na­tions, a stance which ap­pears to have changed over time for rea­sons un­known.

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