Boris meets Haftar, warns against early elections
As UK foreign minister Boris Johnson became the first senior Western politician to meet Khalifa Haftar this week during his two-day visit to Libya, an interesting BBC article by James Landale, who is travelling with the foreign minister, outlines three reasons why Johnson appears so keen to get involved with Libya. Landale argues that the UK’s intervention in Libya led in part to the current divisions therefore the UK feels some responsibility to help fix the situation, that Britain has a national interest in Libya due to it being ‘the front line in Europe’s struggle against illegal migration and terrorism’, and that it is an answer to what he means by the slogan “global Britain”, dreamt up in the wake of Brexit. Johnson told Libyan politicians to learn from UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s mistake – and not to hold an election before they were ready.
According to the Middle East Eye, Johnson met Serraj in Tripoli on Wednesday, and also travelled to Misrata. “Field Marshal Haftar has a role to play in the political process,” Johnson said.”I urged him to adhere to the commitments he made during recent meetings in Paris, to respect a ceasefire, and to work with Mr Salame in order to amend the Libyan Political Agreement. I have encouraged all sides to resolve their differences by dialogue, not conflict, and to respect international human rights law,” Johnson said.
To read Johnson’s own take on his Libya visit, read his article on the subject entitled ‘Libya can be great again if the world unites to glue the country back together’, published in the Telegraph here.