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Libyan General Haftar makes surprise visit to Egypt

Army commander of Libya’s Tobruk-based parliament General Khalifa Haftar arrived in Cairo Thursday on an unscheduled visit, a security source told Anadolu Agency.

Haftar will hold talks with Egyptian officials on the latest developments in Libya, the source added.

The visit comes shortly after Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s unity government, concluded a six-day visit to Egypt.

There has been no official comment from the Egyptian government on Haftar’s visit.

Libya has remained in a state of turmoil since a bloody rebellion — part of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings — ended in the ouster and death of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

Since then, the country’s stark political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government, each with its own institutions and military capacities.

On Monday, the Tobruk-based parliament voted to reject Sarraj’s unity government proposed under a United Nations-backed plan to resolve the country’s conflict.

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