The Address | Benghazi – Libya
WASHINGTON – Newly released emails of the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, revealed that the former Head of the National Transitional Council (TNC), Mustafa Abdel Jalil, had held secret meetings with the former President of the General National Congress (GNC), Mohammed Magariaf, to discuss building an Islamic state in Libya that would enable it to play an important role in the global economy.
According to the email sent to Clinton by her advisor Sidney Blumenthal, said that Magariaf discussed with the former Egyptian president and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi, increasing Tunisian and Egyptian investment in the Benghazi Stock Exchange, as the economic situation in Libya became more organized.
The email, which is dated August 23, 2012, says that the former TNC chief Abdel Jalil and Magariaf agreed that Tunisia and Egypt hold the key to Libya’s future economic success, as Libya provides funding for new projects, while Egypt and Tunisia provide technical expertise.
According to Blumenthal’s email to Clinton, Magariaf said privately that this relationship represents a departure from the Gaddafi years when Libya’s natural resources fell under the control of foreign companies and governments.
Abdul Jalil said, according to the email, that Magariaf would welcome investment and cooperation from American and Western banks and companies, but he believed that Libya, with the support of the new governments emerging from the Arab Spring, they must maintain control over all aspects of the industries concerned with the exploitation of their natural resources.
The email stated that the Libyan Ministry of Finance, with the support of Abdel Jalil and Magariaf worked to increase the level of Libyan investment in the Cairo Stock Exchange.
The U.S. State Department released on Sunday a number of classified emails of the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, after the current State Secretary Mike Pompeo announced the decision on Friday.
Clinton, who held the post from 2008 until 2014, faced controversy over using a private email server for official public communications in the wake of the investigation over the 2012 Benghazi attack.