Libya Comes Closer to Washington Via Security Deals

Published April 28th, 2018 - 10:00 GMT
Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (AFP/File Photo)
Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (AFP/File Photo)

The Government of National Accord led by Fayez al-Sarraj signed in Tripoli on Friday a number of security cooperation agreements with the United States.

The deals were signed in the presence of Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Taha Siala.

U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Libya Stephanie Williams said the documents include a memorandum of intent for airport security and a letter of agreement to support Libyan policing, corrections and justice sector development.

This coincided with intense preparations at the headquarters of Libyan National Army (LNA) Commander Khalifa Haftar to receive foreign and Arab delegations during the coming period in Ar Rajma, near the eastern city of Benghazi.

The army’s press office broadcast videos of the warm reception by some locals and military leaders to Haftar on Thursday following his return from France where he had received a treatment at a hospital.

Haftar, who had dropped out of public sight for a short stage, put an end to controversy regarding his health.

“I want to reassure you that I am in good health,” he told senior army commanders and local elders in a televised address from the airport.

 

 

He sat in the lounge where officers, deputies and tribal leaders welcomed him. “I should be addressing you standing up but I am obliged to do so while sitting,” Haftar quipped, seated in front of a bank of microphones on an ornate table.

The LNA chief kept the eradication of terrorism as a priority, stressing the necessity of getting rid of extremists.

Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper was informed by reliable sources that secret talks were held with high-ranking Egyptian officials on the sidelines of his two-day visit to Cairo on his way to Libya from Paris.

Meanwhile, Egyptian sources expected the arrival of United Nations Special Envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame in Cairo Saturday to hold talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri concerning the situation in Libya.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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