The UN-imposed government of Fayaz Sirraj hailed on Sunday “the Libyan Armed Forces,” Khalifa Haftar’s de facto armed groups, in their battle against what it described “terrorism” in Benghazi.
The government emphasized in a statement the courageous role of the army and its role in defeating terrorism in all over Libya, in addition to bringing security and stability to the country.
According to renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s classification, Libya Dawn Operation and shura councils in Benghazi and Derna are terrorist organizations just like IS/Daesh.
The statement also promised to lift arms embargo on weapons sales to the army.
Some sources indicated it was a unilateral statement written by pro-Khalifa Haftar members of the presidency council including prime minister designate Fayaz Sirraj, which could deepen the ongoing dispute over Khalifa Hafter’s fate.
Last week, a dispute broke out between presidency council members over the role of Khalifa Haftar in the new government. Eastern members threatened to suspend their membership if Haftar was dismissed, while western members fear if Haftar remained, they would lose support of their allies in Tripoli and Misrata.