Panafrican News Agency

Tripoli named Arab media capital for 2022

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Tripoli, the Libyan capital, was on Wednesday proclaimed the Arab media capital for the year 2022 by the Council of Arab Ministers of Information, according to an announcement at the end of a meeting held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the League in Cairo, Egypt.

Saleh Chamakhi, as delegate to the pan-Arab Organisation, led his country's delegation to the meeting.

The Council of the League of Arab States approved the proposal of the United Arab Emirates to complete the celebration of Dubai as the Arab media capital for the current year and to approve the designation of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as the Arab media capital for 2022, and the Lebanese capital, Beirut, as the capital for 2023, and the Bahraini capital, Manama for 2024.

Libya had previously withdrawn from the designation of Tripoli as Arab media capital in 2020, due to the circumstances it was going through at the time, but requested to retain its right for the next session.

At that time Libya was in the grip of the Tripoli War, after the military attack launched on 4 April 2019 by the leader of the eastern-based Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to take control of the city and the entire western region of the country.

But after 13 months of fierce fighting and armed confrontations, the attacking troops suffered a military setback and were forced to withdraw from the region.

The end of the war was crowned by a ceasefire agreement in October and the resumption of the political process under the aegis of the United Nations, which led to the adoption of a consensus among Libyans on a roadmap drawn up by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, setting the date for general elections on 24 December.

The elections will be overseen by a unified Executive Authority, the Presidential Council, and the Government of National Unity, which will also be responsible for unifying state institutions and achieving national reconciliation. 
-0- PANA BY/JSG/MTA/AR 17June 2021