Egypt hosted African leaders for emergency talks Tuesday on the upheavals in neighbouring Sudan and Libya, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned against “a slide into chaos”.
Forces supporting Libya’s internationally recognized government pushed back troops loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar more than 60 km southwest of the capital Tripoli on Tuesday, Reuters reporters said.
Egypt will on Tuesday host two emergency summits with other African leaders to discuss ongoing events in Sudan and Libya, the office of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said.
The White House disclosed, in a statement on Friday, that the US President, Donald Trump, made a phone call with the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar, on Monday.
Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) appealed Tuesday for Europe’s support against military strongman Khalifa Haftar, as the country’s former colonial ruler Italy and France spar over a conflict that has stirred divisions both regionally and internationally.
On Sunday, the World Health Organisation reported that the death toll from the renewed clashes between Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces and those loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord has climbed to 147.
Libya’s rival forces are intensifying their fight for control of Tripoli. Troops loyal to the UN-backed government in the capital are trying to stop the advance of the strongman Khalifa Haftar, who began his offensive on the city two weeks ago.
The Arab League envoy to Libya Salah Eddine Jamali has condemned foreign nations’ interference in Libya, which he says are escalating violence in the divided country.
The European Union urged the forces of Khalifa Haftar on Thursday to stop their offensive on the Libyan capital Tripoli.
France on Wednesday blocked a European Union statement calling on Khalifa Haftar to halt his eastern forces’ offensive in Libya, diplomatic sources said, in the latest example of how the bloc’s internal divisions have undercut its global sway.