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Libya’s Sarraj protests France’s support for rival Haftar

Head of the Libyan Presidency Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army met with French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris on 25 July, 2017 [Philippe Wojazer/Reuters]
Head of the Libyan Presidency Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army met with French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris on 25 July, 2017 [Philippe Wojazer/Reuters]

Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya, Fayez Al-Sarraj, has criticised France’s support for his rival, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who launched an attack on the capital Tripoli a few days ago.

Al Jazeera news channel quoted an unnamed source as saying that Al-Sarraj had officially asked the French ambassador to Libya to convey his protest to the French government and President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the source, Al-Sarraj told the ambassador that the French support for Haftar “contradicts Paris’ previous political efforts to support Libya”, adding that intensive efforts are underway with the UN mission to support the national conference which will be held in Ghadames.

Al-Sarraj called on countries that support Haftar to stop their support.

The Libyan prime minister also said that he was surprised by the military offensive launched by Haftar forces against Tripoli at a time when the political solution began to loom in Libya. Al-Sarraj describe the offensive as “a stab in the back”.

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