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US envoy: Hafter rejects democracy and any civil government

2019-04-21T09:06:55.232Z


Former US envoy to Libya Jonathan Weiner said retired Major General Khalifa Hafer rejected any democratic representation in Libya, while Senator Adam Schiff criticized US President Donald Trump's support for Hafter.

In a tweet at his Twitter account, Weiner said he had been told by Twister at two meetings in 2016 that he rejected any democratic representation in Libya and that he was not prepared to subjugate himself to any civilian government or anyone else.

He said Heftar said he would rule Libya by decree to be ready for democracy later.

For his part, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, criticized US President Donald Trump's support for Hoffter, who he described as "the tyrannical general."

In a tweet on Twitter, Schump said General Trump supported General Haftar in Libya, "a tyrant who attacks a government backed by the United Nations."

He said this was similar to his rejection of North Korea's sanctions a few weeks ago, saying Trump's decision contradicted his administration's remarks.

The White House announced two days ago that Trump spoke by phone with Haftar on Monday, adding that the talks dealt with "ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and the need to bring peace and stability in Libya."

The White House statement that Trump "recognized the role of the pivotal (Hafter) in the fight against terrorism and secure Libya's oil resources, and shared a vision of Libya's transition to a stable democratic political system."

Hafar's forces have been attacking Tripoli since April 4, when the United Nations was preparing to hold a dialogue conference in the Libyan city of Ghadames on July 14-16 as part of a UN road map to find a solution to the Libyan crisis.

The World Health Organization announced earlier today that 220 people were killed and 1,066 wounded, in addition to the displacement of more than 18 thousand people since the start of the attack on Tripoli.

Source: aljazeera

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