Washington to Haftar: The cooperation with Russia is contrary to US interests
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The U.S. Department of State announced the night before, July 2, in the evening that earlier this week negotiations were held on video link with representatives of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Marshal Khalifa Haftar, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing EurAsia Daily.
As stated in a press release by the foreign ministry, among other things, they discussed the “demobilization of militias” fighting against the Government of National Accord [GNA] of Libya.
The consultations were a continuation of similar negotiations held earlier by the American side with representatives of the GNA.
The Department of State said the meeting in virtual format was “in accordance with the US’s active neutrality policy with respect to Libya,” and during the negotiations it was indicated that the LNA’s connections with the “Wagner Group, an authorized representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, and the perpetuation of the suspension of oil supplies [from Libya] are contrary to US interests.”
The US delegation emphasized that it was opposed to “any foreign intervention in Libya,” and discussed “the need for an immediate ceasefire and a return to UN-sponsored security and political negotiations.”
The United States was represented by Senior Director of the National Security Council, Major General Miguel Correa, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Henry Wooster, and US Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland.
The Libyan National Army was represented by the head of the LNA command, General Aoun al-Farjani, the secretary general of the LNA, general Abd al-Karim Hadiya, and the director of the office of the LNA commander, General Hayri al-Tamimi.
As reported by EADaily, the head of the African Command of the US Armed Forces (AFRICOM), General Stephen Townsend, arrived on June 22 in the Libyan city of Zuwara, which is controlled by PNS forces led by Faiz Saraj, who are fighting against the Khalifa Haftar’s LNA.
A representative of the American general met then with senior officials of the GNA, including Sarraj. Earlier, AFRICOM noted statements that Russia sent its military aircraft to Libya and is carrying out air operations here in support of the LNA.
AFRICOM claimed that it had documentary evidence that “a Russian plane took off from the Jufra air base in central Libya” and that “it was a MiG-29 operating near the coastal city of Sirte”.
In late May, the African Command of the US Armed Forces announced that Russia had delivered at least 14 MiG-29 multipurpose fighters and several Su-24 bombers to Libya via the Khmeimim air base in Syria.
In Moscow, these fabrications of the American military, as well as their instructions on the involvement of the Wagner PMC fighters by the Russian authorities in Libya, were called falsification.
Russia sells Bastion coastal missile system to Haftar
As we reported earlier today the Egyptian and Russian military sites said that Cairo asked Moscow to speed up deliveries of coastal defense systems, specifically the Bastion.
According to RT Arabic, due to Turkish activity off the coast of Libya and the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt is forced to take urgent action.
Citing military experts, the report said Egypt plans to accelerate the acquisition of these anti-ship missiles in order to ward off any Turkish naval assault.
The sources said that the Bastion system is able to protect the Egyptian coast with a length of more than 600 km from potential enemy landings, as the complex is deployed to combat sites within only five minutes.
The media report noted that Egypt is enhancing its naval capabilities in light of the challenges it faces in the Mediterranean region, especially after the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak said, citing sources close to the Justice and Development Party in Turkey, in mid-June that Turkey was planning to establish a naval base in the Libyan city of Misrata.
It is noteworthy that military sources confirmed to RT earlier that Egypt had already contracted the Bastion system in 2013, where the military source confirmed that one system can protect 600 km of coastline and secure a sea area of 100,000 square km, and its batteries can include 18 vehicles.
Libyan civil war
In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.
The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.
Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.
On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.
According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN.
Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).
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