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Haftar ‘stumbled’ at Tripoli airport amid intense diplomacy

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MOSCOW, (BM) – The Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Faiz Saraj displaced Libyan National Army (LNA) units under the command of Marshal Khalifa Haftar from Tripoli International Airport the night before.

For several years now, an inactive airborne harbor 25 kilometers south of the capital came under the control of the PNS amid intense diplomacy aimed at establishing a ceasefire in a North African country.

In the video that appeared on the Web late Wednesday night, loyal GNA militants rode around in pickup trucks among passenger aircraft broken by shells and posed near the airport building.

As of the morning of June 4, the war zone is already outside the airport, located in the Qasr bin Gashir area, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reports on Thursday.

Since the LNA was displaced from almost all of its reference points near Tripoli, where the GNA is sitting, military experts expect military operations to intensify in the coming hours in the area of ​​two large settlements south of Tripoli. This is the city of Gharyan, which remains under the control of the GNA, and Tarhuna, held by the forces of Haftar.

However, it cannot be ruled out that the intensive diplomatic consultations conducted since yesterday with the participation of envoys of the GNA and LNA in different countries, including Russia, will lead to the fixing of the current status quo on the Libyan front and the conclusion of an armistice agreement.

It was reported that Faiz Saraj was to visit Turkey, while his deputy, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Matika and Foreign Minister of the GNA, Mohammed Siyala, arrived in Moscow on June 3, where they met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The parties discussed “the basis for establishing inter-Libyan negotiations with the aim of working out compromise solutions to existing problems and forming unified state bodies of power in the country,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement following the talks.

“The fact that the legitimate government of Libya (meaning the GNA – ed.) has now prevailed should be seen as an opportunity for a political solution,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a television interview on June 3.

Meanwhile, Khalifa Haftar, according to informed sources, went to Egypt to meet with the military-political leadership of neighboring Libya, the largest Arab republic.

Recall that in Libya, a new proxy war unfolded in the space of the Greater Middle East. Here, an extramural confrontation is expanding between Turkey, which takes care of the GNA and sent thousands of Syrian militant Islamists, as well as shock systems, to the Arabian monarchies of the Persian Gulf, among which the UAE is especially distinguished. Abu Dhabi supplies the Libyan National Army, among other things, combat drones.

Marshal Haftar enjoys the support of Russia, Egypt, France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE. On the side of the GNA, Sarajah is Turkey and Qatar.

Khalifa Haftar and Faiz Saraj earlier this year agreed to a truce, which formally entered into force at midnight on January 12, but was not actually respected. Following the results of the negotiations in Istanbul on January 8, the Presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan adopted a joint statement, which, in particular, called on the warring parties in Libya to declare a truce.

The Berlin Conference, held on January 19, was intended to be a logical continuation of the inter-Libyan talks that took place on January 13 in Moscow. February 3, military representatives of the warring parties in the Libyan conflict began negotiations under the auspices of the UN in Geneva, aimed at ensuring a ceasefire after 10 months of hostilities on the outskirts of Tripoli.

This was the result of an agreement reached by the LNA and the GNA at the end of the Berlin conference to create a ceasefire monitoring committee according to the “5+5” formula: five representatives from each side. However, these efforts to put Haftar and Saraj at the negotiating table ended in nothing.

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