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UN chief Guterres flying to eastern Libya to meet Haftar and lawmakers

Reuters , Friday 5 Apr 2019
Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres speaks during a news conference in Tripoli, Libya April 4, 2019. REUTERS

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is flying on Friday to eastern Libya to meet commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces a day earlier began an offensive to take control of the capital currently held by an internationally recognized government.

Guterres will be also flying to Tobruk, another city in the east and home to Libya’s parliament - also internationally recognized - which backs Haftar, he said on Twitter.

“My aim remains the same: avoid a military confrontation. I reiterate that there is no military solution for the Libyan crisis, only a political one,” Guterres wrote on Twitter.

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