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UAE shipped weapons to Libya factions: Report


The United Arab Emirates shipped weapons to Libyan factions fighting Islamists while offering a $50,000-month job to the UN envoy negotiating a peace deal for Libya, according to leaked emails reported by the New York Times.

The latest revelations again raised questions about allegations of conflict of interest targeting the envoy, Bernardino Leon, that may compromise the preliminary deal for Libya that he has negotiated. In a statement, Leon said that the UAE, Qatar, Turkey and Egypt “have consistently supported UN peace efforts” in Libya and stressed the need to be “extremely cautious” about the reports.
“I have decided to request a full clarification of the issue, including from the United Arab Emirates authorities as I take time to reflect on the next steps in my professional career,” said the Spanish diplomat.


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