Egypt's Sisi, Libya's Haftar discuss latest developments in Libya

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 May 2019

Sisi and Haftar
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's meeting with LNA general commander Khalifa Haftar in Cairo (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed the latest developments in Libya with Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), in Cairo on Thursday, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

Haftar briefed El-Sisi on the latest developments and efforts by the LNA to fight terrorism and radical militias and achieve stability and security in the country.

Haftar also discussed Libyan efforts to combat the trafficking of arms and the movement of foreign fighters into Libya from abroad.

President El-Sisi stressed Egypt's support for the LNA's efforts to fight terrorism in all its forms as well its role in working towards reaching political solutions to the conflict in the country.

Director of Egypt's general intelligence service Abbas Kamel attended the meeting.

Libya has been a war-torn country since the death of its leader Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011. Islamist militants have since controlled large parts of the vast country, including the capital Tripoli.

Since April , Eastern-based Libyan forces led by Haftar have been advancing in a push to seize the capital, Tripoli, but troops loyal to Prime Minister Fayez Al-Serraj's internationally recognized government have so far kept them at bay.

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