Khalifa Haftar May Still Be Part of Future Libyan Government, Hunt Says | Libya

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The UK is not excluding warlord Khalifa Haftar from a role in a future Libyan government despite his attack on the capital, the British Foreign Secretary has said, reiterating his calls for a ceasefire.

Jeremy Hunt told The Guardian: “We don’t agree with what Haftar is doing. We do not believe that it is possible for Haftar to achieve a military victory, and as a government he will not be seen as legitimate by whole swathes of the country. So we want a political process.

When asked if Haftar’s offensive in Tripoli lost him the right to be a major figure in Libya’s future, Hunt said: “We have to be careful not to wear this kind of judgments. We did not shower ourselves with glory with our policy on Libya. Let’s face it, if we knew that in 2011 we would be in the situation we are in now, we would ask ourselves deep questions, so we better be careful to exclude and exclude people. The right way forward is a ceasefire, political talks and a political settlement ”.

Britain appears to have put aside efforts to pass a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire, as Russia, the United States and, to a lesser extent, France are support Haftar’s claims that he is a strong figure determined to stem the criminal militia that has surrounded the UN-backed government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.

During a tour of European capitals this week from Rome, Sarraj accuses Haftar of destroying a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reach a UN-brokered deal involving a reunified government, with a military role for Haftar under civilian rule. Sarraj says Haftar has no interest in Libya being a democracy,

Despite a UN call for a humanitarian corridor, Haftar this week ordered his troops to fight harder during the month of Ramadan to quash the opposition. The fighting has so far displaced 50,000 people, killed more than 400 and resulted in the destruction of parts of southern Tripoli.

In a long interview with Le Figaro, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a longtime supporter of Haftar, regretted having lost patience with the peace process and mounting his attack on Tripoli. directed against what he described as the criminal gangs surrounding Sarraj, a narrative that Haftar supporters have assiduously put together in the face of mixed evidence. Le Drian admitted that Haftar miscalculated when he expected part of the militia to defect to his side.

Sarraj’s advisers are surprised at the lack of criticism of Haftar’s methods from most of the international community, with the exception of Turkey and Qatar. Taher al-Sonni, Sarraj’s political adviser, said on Twitter that Haftar had come thousands of miles to destroy a political process.


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