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High Council of State leader Khaled Al-Mishri calls on the White House to clarify the US position on Libya




Alwasat - Cairo Wed 01 May 2019, 03:24 PM
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Khalid Al-Mishri, the head of Libya's High Council of the State, said that the Government of National Accord (GNA) still lacks a formal explanation from the administration of US President Donald Trump about the phone call with Khalifa Haftar in which he acknowledged his role in combating terrorism and discussing a common vision of the situation in Libya.

In an interview with the Washington Post on the US position on the attack on Tripoli and the western region, Al-Mishri pointed out that US policy "lacks clarity."

"To the knowledge of the Libyan government, the US government fully supported the political agreement that was concluded in 2015 and led to the establishment of the GNA as the sole legitimate government in Tripoli," he said, criticizing what he believes may be the changing position of the White House towards developments in Libya.

Al-Mishri went on to talk about what he saw as a divergence of opinion between the White House and the State Department, citing the demand by Secretary Mike Pompeo on April 7th, that Marshal Khalifa Haftar stop his attack on Tripoli.

Adding: "I have been told by many officials that Trump's call to Haftar was the product of National Security Adviser John Bolton, who telephoned Haftar himself a few days earlier."

He stressed that the United States has a role to play because it is the only country that can affect all regional players, calling for Washington to play a role in persuading international parties to stop their support for the attack on Tripoli.

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