Libya's Haftar and Saleh arrive in Cairo for talks: Al-Arabiya

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Sep 2020

The meetings aim to bring an end to the differences between the pair, according to a report

Libyan national army commander Khalifa Haftar (L) and Libya’s parliament speaker Aguila Saleh (R)

The commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar and the head of the Libyan House of Representatives Aguila Saleh arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for talks with Egyptian officials, Al-Arabiya News reported.

According to sources that spoke with Al-Arabiya, the two sides will discuss the latest developments in Libya, particularly the latest round of talks between the eastern-based House of Representatives and the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), with the target of reaching a political settlement.

The sources said the meetings also aim to bring an end to the differences between Saleh and Haftar.

According to Saleh, these are not differences, but "differences in views" regarding the future road map of the country.

While Saleh has called for the restructuring of the current executive authority emanating from the political agreement signed in Skhirat, and the selection of its members to ensure the representation of the three historical regions of Barqa, Tripoli and Fezzan.

Haftar has said the political agreement will be dropped and he will accept the leadership through a "mandate from the people."

Cairo rejects foreign interference in its neighbour and has called for an end to the presence of foreign-backed militias.

Egypt announced an initiative, dubbed the Cairo Declaration, earlier this summer which posits a Libyan-Libyan resolution as a basis for resolving the country’s conflict, drawing on earlier international efforts, including the Berlin conference.

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