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Libya: Aguila Saleh Issa meets militia leaders, excluding Haftar

May 29, 2020 at 6:47 am

Aguila Saleh Issa, President of the Libyan House of Representatives attends the Conference for Libya at Villa Igiea on November 13, 2018 in Palermo, Italy. Heads of State, ministers and special envoys are holding a two day meeting where they will discuss about security and stability in Libya [Tullio Puglia/Getty Images]

The president of the House of Representatives in eastern Libya, Aguila Saleh Issa, on Wednesday met with leaders of the militia of General Khalifa Haftar, amid the absence of the latter.

A statement on the House of Representatives’ Facebook page confirmed that Issa met with Abdulrazek Al-Nadori, Saqr Geroushi, Mohammed El-Senussi and Khairi Al-Tamimi in Al-Qubah.

The aforementioned figures are leaders in Haftar’s militia, which has been fighting against the internationally-recognised Libyan government over legitimacy and authority in the oil-rich country.

The House of Representatives added that the leaders informed it of the latest developments in the field and recent military advancements throughout the country.

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Haftar’s militia has recently suffered numerous defeats at the hands of the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces, in western Libyan cities that border with Tunisia and the Tripoli surrounding areas.

The absence of Haftar from this meeting comes amid a continuous disagreement with Issa, since the House of Representatives in Tobruk declared on 25 May its rejection of Haftar’s announcement of his appointment as Libya’s ruler, and dropping the 2015 political agreement.

It is reported that Issa, who prefers to be called “Supreme Commander of Armed forces”, with reference to eastern Libya militias, plans to appoint Al-Nadori as the successor of Haftar, to lead the militias.

In December 2015, the Libyan parties signed a political agreement that resulted in the formation of a presidential council leading the GNA, and the establishment of a higher state council, but Haftar has sought for years to block and topple it.

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