The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj said Wednesday that his government is finalizing the extradition of Hashem Abedi - the brother of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi - to the UK by the end of 2018.

Hashem Abedi was arrested by the Tripoli-based Special Deterrence Force shortly after the 2017 suicide attack that killed 22 people in Manchester.

In the interview with the BBC, Al-Sirraj said Libya was "fully cooperating" with British authorities, denying that there were any delays by Libya.

"It is only a matter of time before Libyan officials working with British authorities finalised the move. Sometimes it takes a long time, even in other countries. So the case needs time, and as a country we are following up, and working with the British Embassy." Al-Sirraj remarked.

He added that Libya is fully cooperating because "we understand the suffering of the families of the victims of this terrorist attack."

22 people died in the bombing in May 2017 while a total of 112 were injured.