Washington believes that Moscow uses the conflict in Libya “to the detriment of the Libyan people.” This follows a press release circulated by the Department of State on Monday.
According to the document, on November 24, US representatives, including Victoria Coates, senior director of the White House’s National Security Council for the Middle East, and Richard Norland, head of the American diplomatic mission in Libya, met Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), to “discuss steps on the cessation of hostilities and the political settlement of the “situation.
“Officials emphasized the full support of the United States for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya, and also expressed serious concern about Russia’s use of this conflict to the detriment of the Libyan people,” the statement said.
As the US Foreign Office noted, the meeting followed recent talks with “Tripoli-based officials,” whose goal the State Department sees as “creating a common basis for progress between the parties on issues that separate them in the context of the ceasefire movement.”
Earlier, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev said that the United States has turned the Middle East into a testing ground for its geopolitics and is expanding its military presence in different regions of the world under the banner of the fight against terrorism.
Currently, there are two executive bodies in Libya: the Faiz Saraj’s Government of National Accord in Tripoli, recognized by the international community, and the temporary cabinet of Abdullah Abdurrahman al-Thani, supported by the LNA. On April 4, Haftar announced the start of an operation in the capital with the aim of eliminating the entrenched terrorist groups. In turn, Saraj gave the order to be ready for defense to all paramilitaries under his control, who launched the Volcano of Wrath campaign to counter the attack by the LNA. Armed confrontation led to the deaths of hundreds of people, the emergence of thousands of refugees and the destruction of important infrastructure facilities.
During this time, Haftar’s troops repeatedly attacked the capital’s international airport Mitig and the flight academy in Misurat (200 km east of Tripoli), claiming that unmanned aerial vehicles are located on the territory of the air harbors located there, which are used to attack VLA positions the help of Turkish military experts.
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