The head of Libya’s UN-supported government on Sunday proposed holding nationwide elections to end the war in the North African country, as the forces of the rival military commander Khalifa Haftar continue their two-month-long battle to take the capital, Tripoli.
The Presidential Council’s Head Fayez Al-Sirraj has told Radio Télévision Suisse that he won’t allow division in Libya, saying the unity of the country is a red line.
The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sirraj is visiting Malta on Monday for talks with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, the Maltese government announced, without further details.
Libyan renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, who is leading a military offensive against the government in Tripoli, said in an interview published on Sunday he will continue fighting until militias in the city laid down their arms.
The commander of Mohammed Al-Zintani Brigade Ibrahim Al-Madani said Khalifa Haftar asked him to kill Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, who was at the time imprisoned in Zintan, and offered him money and other privileges.
While rival Libyan forces fight for control of the capital, an economic war is playing out which could have grave and lasting consequences for the oil-rich country.
The war for Tripoli recently entered its second month, and the main global and regional powers have yet to adopt a coherent or unified approach to the conflict. In fact, their recent actions indicate they are willing to tacitly condone Khalifa Hifter’s offensive by not rallying together to oppose it.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron wants to meet Libya’s renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar to push for a ceasefire and resume peace talks.
Khalifa Haftar’s assault on Libya’s capital, Tripoli has significantly disrupted the country’s long-fought-for peace process.
The head of the Libyan Presidential Council (PC), Fayez Al-Sarraj, has called on the European Union (EU) to confront countries that provide military support to opposition leader General Khalifa Haftar.