Libya: Britain allegedly pressing secular elected govt to reach agreement with Muslim Brotherhod

Nouri Abusahmain, the head of Libya’s General National Congress (GNC) (R) meets with Bernardino Leon (L) Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) for Libya, in Tripoli, December 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)

A Libyan cabinet minister slammed British policy in the North African country on Saturday, accusing the UK’s ambassador of lobbying the [recognized, elected, secular] Tobruk parliament to reconcile with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a minister of premier Abdullah Al-Thani’s cabinet said: “The British are trying with all their power to save the Brotherhood and ensure their involvement in Libya’s political scene.”

The official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media, directed fierce criticism at Britain’s ambassador to Tripoli, Michael Aron, accusing him of trying to convince the internationally-recognized Libyan parliament and government in Tobruk of “forming an extended government” which includes its rivals.

Libya currently has had two rival governments based in different cities, after members from the transitional parliament, the General National Council, refused to accept the newly-elected government in June. In August, a collection of Islamist-led militias known as Libyan Dawn overran the capital Tripoli, prompting the new government to flee to the eastern city of Tobruk.

Thani rejected the British calls, prompting the Libya Dawn to send a delegation to the Arab League in a bid to reach a settlement to circumvent the Tobruk government, the minister told Asharq Al-Awsat…

Asharq Al-Awsat is Saudi-owned and anti-Brotherhood, yet the scenario does not sound all that improbable. None of the Western governments see the danger of the Muslim Brotherhood (Libya Dawn is MB-related).