By Maha Ellawati.
Benghazi, 28 August 2017:
The Presidency Council’s foreign ministry in Tripoli has appointed new heads of mission for the Libyan embassies in Cairo and Amman.
The new ambassador in Jordan is Mohamed Hassan Al-Barghathi.
It is something of a homecoming for him. He was Libyan ambassador in Amman before the revolution, resigning just after it started, on 24 February 2011. According to a source at the embassy, his return was requested by Jordan’s King Abdullah who expressed confidence in his abilities.
The embassy has been in the hands of diplomats supporting Khalifa Hafter and the Beida-based governemnt of Abdullah Al-Thinni. In March, however, during a visit to Jordan by Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj, the Jordanian foreign ministry called on him to appoint a new ambassador.
Meanwhile, the Tripoli foreign ministry has asked Libya’s ambassador to the Arab League, Saleh Al-Shmakhi, to take charge of the embassy in Cairo. In a latter of appointment last week, which has now been approved by the Egyptian foreign ministry, he was asked to specifically focus his attention on the wellbeing of the Libyan community in Egypt.