The Presidential Council (PC) has issued a decision to suspend Foreign Minister Najla Al-Manqoush and referred her to an investigation for “administrative violations”.

The PC accused Al-Manqoush of handling foreign policy without coordination with the council as stipulated in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

The decision, issued Saturday banns Al-Manquosh from traveling outside the country until the investigations are completed.

Vice-President of the PC head Abdullah Al-Lafi will head the investigation committee, which was asked to submit the results of its work within a maximum deadline of 14 days.

Observers linked Al-Manqoush's suspension to comments she made previously to the BBC about the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

During the interview, Al-Manqoush hinted at cooperation with the US to extradite the man wanted over the plane bombing – Abu Agila Masoud,  saying that “positive outcomes are coming” in his case.

She added that the Libyan government understands the pain and grief of the victim's families, but it needs to respect the laws.