Libyan Road Reopens Uniting East and West Again

Libyan military commander endorsed resuming traffic along along the Mediterranean Sea linking Libya’s east and west – two areas that have been in conflict. The leader said it would be a significant step toward unifying Libya. Later, The U. N. reported that the highway had reopened. “The Coastal Road in Libya has opened for traffic,” U.N. deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said last Friday. The highway links Tripoli, the capital, and Benghazi and has been closed since early 2019.

The U.N. had been calling for the reopening to enable the safe passage of people and goods.

“[This is] another step in strengthening peace, security, and stability in the country, and in the unification of its institutions,” U.N. Special Envoy to Libya, Jan Kubisn, said in a statement.