Libya reportedly dismisses Egypt envoy

CAIRO (AA) – The Libyan government has relieved its ambassador to Egypt, Mohamed Fayez Jibril, of his duties, although Jibril himself dismisses the claims.

"The Libyan authorities have relieved Jibril of his post and installed the Libyan consul-general [Mohamed Saleh al-Darsi] in his place," a Libyan diplomatic source told The Anadolu Agency.

He said that Jibril's tenure had already ended in January.

The source cited "suspicions" regarding the envoy's political affiliations and complaints from the Libyan community regarding his removal.

"There is a proposal to task Jibril with leading the Libyan diplomatic mission to Bahrain," the source said.

Jibril, for his part, denied the dismissal claims.

"The government can't take such a move when the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant [militant group] just executed 21 Egyptians," said Jibril, who was appointed ambassador to Cairo in 2013.

Al-Darsi, however, has said he would take up his new post as Libyan ambassador to Egypt on March 1.

On Monday, the Egyptian army carried out a series of airstrikes against ISIL targets in eastern Libya, shortly after a video appeared online showing the execution of 21 Egyptian Christians by ISIL militants.

Fractious Libya has remained a source of concern for neighboring Egypt since it descended into chaos in late 2011 following the ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

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