Head of the Supreme Council of State in Libya Khaled Al-Mashri warned of the repercussions of retired Major General Khalifa Haftar’s failure to submit to the civil authority represented by the National Unity Government, while Washington announced its support for the UN demand to open the coastal road that connects the east and west of the country.
During his meeting on Friday in Tripoli, head of the UN mission to Libya Jan Kubisch, Al-Mishri said that Haftar’s failure to submit to any authority threatens the possibility of holding the elections scheduled for late this year. Read also After entrenching in the east, what prompted Egypt to enter Libya from the west?Le Monde: Greece seeks to exclude Libya from Turkish influence The Washington Post: The Biden administration can help stop arms shipments to Libya
He also expressed his concern that the government meeting in the city of Benghazi (eastern Libya) was prevented by what he described as Haftar’s militias.
The Libyan official emphasized that the presence of mercenaries belonging to the retired Major General Khalifa Haftar is the main reason that impedes the opening of the coastal road between the east and west of the country, stressing the need to remove all mercenaries and outlaw forces, before talking about any previous military agreements.
Al-Mashri also stressed the need to stabilize the ceasefire that was reached on 23 October in Geneva, and to reopen the coastal road.
Khaled al-Mishri’s statements come a day after the head of the national unity government, Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, warned of attempts to reignite the fuse of war again in Libya, after two visits to the cities of Benghazi and Sirte, which are under the control of Haftar’s forces, were thwarted, which in turn said that he did not link it to the national unity government. Any link, whether service, sovereign, or even at the level of communication.
Haftar visits Agila Saleh
In the context, retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives, visited Aqeelah Saleh at his residence in the city of Al-Qubbah, east of Benghazi.
Sources said that the visit was arranged a few days ago with the aim of coordinating efforts and positions on the recent developments in Libya.
Opened the coastal road
Meanwhile, the United States announced on Friday its support for the demand of the UN mission in Libya to open the coastal road linking eastern, western and southern Libya immediately. Advertising
Washington considered the essential step for the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, considering that the coastal road is a vital link for trade, and a necessary supply route for materials such as vaccines and fuel that benefit all Libyans.
In statements made to Anadolu Agency on Friday, the commander of the Sirte-Al-Jafra Liberation Operations Room in the Libyan army, Brigadier General Ibrahim Bait Al-Mal, said that their forces will not open the coastal road until the mercenaries are removed and what he described as Haftar’s militia returns to its headquarters in Al-Rajma area in Benghazi.
And last Wednesday, the head of the UN mission in Libya, Jan Kubis, expressed his displeasure at the delay in opening the coastal road between the cities of Sirte and Misrata.