Haftar Says No Dialogue With Extremists and Serraj Has No Authority in Tripoli
In an interview with France 24, following the Paris agreement between Fayez al-Serraj, head of the Presidential Council (PC) and Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Haftar discussed how he saw the use of political versus military solutions in relation to Libya’s problems, who he classed as ‘extremists’ including some members of the PC, and his view that although he and Serraj connect ‘100%’ on a personal level, he still doubted his competencies and authority.
“Military solutions shall be selected for enemies,” Haftar told FRANCE 24. “For example, the Islamic State group, al Qaeda. And also extremists (such as) the Muslim Brotherhood. These are enemies, there is no doubt on that and there will be no dialogue with them.” Such groups, he said, shall be dealt with “through weapons”.
On Serraj, Haftar said, “He has no authority in Tripoli. He needs to prove himself. No one can take over the city. It is the capital that belongs to all of the Libyan people and this kind of bluster is not acceptable. He is an engineer and he should stay within his competencies and away from this kind of grandstanding.”
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