US Ambassador Norland: We're seeking to pressure "external actors" that are fueling the conflict in Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 23 Mar 2020, 11:36 PM
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The US Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, said that the United States is communicating with external actors whose role sometimes helped to "fuel the conflict" in Libya, stressing that "it is time to name things by their names", adding that communication with these parties is not only to prevent them from fueling conflict but also make them realize that their interventions deepen the divide.

Norland added, in an interview with The Arab Weekly, that those who say they are concerned about the escalation of Islamic extremism or the rise of militias in Tripoli, and use this as a justification for the attack on the capital are mistaken, especially since the attack has an adverse effect because it strengthens the militias, makes the government more dependent on them and gives extremist voices a greater say in what is happening.

He noted that the suspension of military operations in Libya, especially in Tripoli, is a major goal of American diplomacy, "Washington is seeking a political dialogue that will result in a prosperous and peaceful Libya."

Norland said that the US policy is based on working with all parties in Libya to support a negotiated settlement to the conflict, noting: "We have very close relations with Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj and we are also in contact with Marshal Khalifa Haftar."

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