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Haftar insists that no talks with Al-Sarraj

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Rome

The Commander of the army of the House of Representatives (HoR) in the east, General Khalifa Haftar, said that there is no plan to resume talks with the government in the west backed by the United Nations. The statement of Haftar aims to undermine the hopes to end the divisions. A source close to the Algerian government said that Haftar was supposed to meet the head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, in Algeria.

The source added that “they were supposed to discuss the possibility of forming a national unity government, ” but Haftar said that talks began with Al-Sarraj two and a half years ago with no concert results, and the current state of war requires fighting not policy.

Haftar added to the Italian Corriere Della Serra that “once we defeat extremists we can go back to talks about democracy and elections but not now”. Pessimism regarding Al-Sarraj’s government increased following the resignation of the member of the PC, Moussa Al-Kony, citing the failure in resolving the pressing issues.

Haftar is waging his military campaign against extremists and opponents in eastern Libya. He has strong relations with Egypt and UAE, tried in his latest visit to Moscow to revive military contracts halted following 2011 revolution.

Haftar said that “the UN Security Council blocks weapons from reaching Libya, but the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is working to end the embargo.” He added that “my forces patrols preserve the rule of law around Ras Lanuf, Brega, and Sedra oil ports. If our army controlled the southern area, everyone should have fewer problems, the same thing for energy stations for Italy, I will gladly discuss that with the managers of the oil company, Eni.”

He added that “Libyans had no idea about democracy when they held elections in 2012 to end the 42 years of Gaddafi era, they were not simply ready.”