“There is no law preventing the Libyan government from assigning land to foreign embassies,” this is how Adel Jumaa, the Minister of Cabinet Affairs for the Government of National Unity, responded to criticisms against his government’s decision to assign land to four foreign embassies.
The decision in question was made by the Tripoli-based government, under leadership of Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, last week. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey and the United States are the beneficiaries of the decision which will see the embassies of the four countries acquiring land worth approximately 100 million dollars. The idea is to create a “diplomatic citadel”, a compound under the protective umbrella of Turkey’s attack drones, located east of Tripoli’s Mitiga International Airport
In a press conference on Saturday, Jumaa defended the move, claiming that it is “legitimate and in accordance with the interests of the Libyan state”.
“The Council of Ministers has the right to allocate Libyan state property or proposes to do so,” he said.