Haftar, Libyan parliament speaker meet in Cairo

FILE- Libya's eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar attends General Security conference, in Benghazi, Libya, October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-FetoriCAIRO - 5 May 2020: Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives Aqeela Saleh and Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter met on Friday afternoon in Cairo to discuss the blatant Turkish intervention in Libya, Libyan sources told Youm7.Turkey has been accused of sending thousands of Syrian mercenaries to Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) and its leader Fayez Al Sarraj.The Libyan source added that Egypt is conducting diplomatic moves with a number of regional and international countries to remove the Syrian mercenaries and the withdrawal of Turkish presence from the Libyan territories.Haftar and his accompanying military delegation arrived in Cairo on Wednesday to meet with Egyptian officials to discuss other files of combating terrorism, illegal immigration and securing the borders.Haftar discussed with Egyptian officials the resumption of Geneva military talks between the Libyan warring parties in the form of the "5 + 5" meeting [5 senior military officers selected by the GNA and 5 selected by the LNA leader Khalifa Haftar].Haftar demanded Egypt's international support to stop the Turkish intervention in Libya, Al-Arabiya T.V. reported sources. Egypt affirmed its rejections of foreign interference in Libya and the need to dismantle the militias and stop supplying them with weapons, the sources said, noting that Cairo confirmed that it would not allow any threat to its western borders.

Source:Libya Today

June 05, 2020 20:37 UTC

Libyan Army says withdrawal from Tripoli due to resumption in peace talks

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced on Thursday, the withdrawal of its forces and their repositioning outside the capital, Tripoli, on the condition that the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord adheres to the ceasefire. The spokesperson for the Libyan Army, Major General Ahmed Al-Mismari, said in a press statement today:“Based on the approval of the General Command of the Libyan Arab Armed Forces to resume its participation in the Ceasefire 5 + 5 committee supervised by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya … the General Command declares that it is relocating its units outside Tripoli with the condition that the other side commit to stopping the violence.”He continued: “In case of non-compliance with this, the General Command will resume operations and suspend its participation in the 5 + 5 ceasefire committee.”Al-Mismari explained in his statement that “this step came to the success of the 5 + 5 Committee and its expected actions and in support of the political solution, as a political initiative and in response to the requests of many countries and organizations interested in the Libyan issue, and as a humanitarian initiative and our right to the blood of the Libyan people and the indiscriminate targeting of civilians in Tripoli by Al-Wefaq militias.”The Al-Wefaq government announced on Thursday, ts control over the entire administrative borders of the capital, Tripoli, including Tripoli International Airport. Advertisements

Source:Libya Today

June 04, 2020 19:18 UTC

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