The chief of the American troops in Africa makes a descent in Libya ~ #AFP:

The head of the American Command for Africa (Africom) went to Libya on Monday to meet the Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNA), with whom he spoke of the end of fighting in the country at war , according to the GNA and the American Embassy.

“As part of the consultations on the development of the situation in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj met on Monday General Stephen Townsend, head of Africom, and the United States ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland” , according to a GNA press release.

“It is necessary to end the military actions and return to the negotiations,” said the American embassy on Facebook.

MM. Sarraj and Townsend met in Zouara, a coastal town 120 km west of Tripoli, where they discussed together the “joint coordination between the GNA and the command of Africom for the fight against terrorism (…) in as part of strategic cooperation “between Tripoli and Washington, said the GNA statement.

In April 2019, Khalifa Haftar, the strongman of eastern Libya, supported by Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, launched an offensive to take over Tripoli, seat of the GNA, which is recognized by the UN.

With military support from Ankara, the GNA has garnered important victories since early June, taking control of the whole of northwest Libya and thus signaling the failure of the Khalifa Haftar offensive.

General Townsend called on Monday for a ceasefire and to return to political negotiations under the auspices of the UN, according to a statement from the United States embassy.

His visit comes a few days after the Africom command published “new evidence on the activities of Russian (military) planes in Libyan airspace.”

According to Africom, these planes were transferred to Libya at the end of May, taking off and landing from the bases of Joufra and Sirte (450 km east of Tripoli), where pro-Haftar forces withdrew after the failure of the capital offensive.

According to Ambassador Richard Norland, these “foreign actors” must stop “fueling the conflict” and respect the UN embargo on weapons against Libya.

In the eyes of the diplomat, the current fighting encourages the resurgence of jihadist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) organization and Al Qaeda and aggravates the state of division in the country “for the benefit of foreign parties”.


Source: VOA-AFP.


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