No disagreement here.I wasn't trying to argue that it is definately part of the Middle East, though a strong case can be made for it. It was a part of pan-Arabism including proposed union with other states which are undeniably Middle Eastern.
However, the original point was made that Libya was not even near the Middle East. However, even if you DON'T consider Libya part of the Middle East, it most certainly BORDERS it as Egypt most certainly is.
As for African linkages, those are more manufactured than anything else. Libya was not generally regarded as one of the Maghrib area states that did have significant impact with West Africa (basically being the gold-salt trade which also brought a lot of slaves into the Mediterranean world.) Libya has historically been more Mediterranean in orientation and in closer orbit with Egypt and thus the Middle East rather than the Maghrib. Libyans even at one time conquered Egypt.
The modern ties with the rest of Africa were mostly creations of Khaddafy during one of his fits of grandeur, particularly after his dreams of dominating a pan-Arab state fell apart...