The Address | Benghazi – Libya
CAIRO – Spokesman of the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Brigadier Ahmed al-Mismari, praised Cairo meetings to reorganize the Libyan military, which came at the initiative of Egypt, explaining that the Libyan parties adhere to the Egyptian role to foster dialogue between Libyan military figures.
Speaking to Egyptian newspaper Youm7 on the margins of his quick visit to Cairo, he stressed on the historic relationship between Libya’s military institution and Egypt as he recalled how most of Libya’s military soldiers were trained in Egypt in the seventies.
He explained that Libyan military figures are participating in the Cairo meetings with full conviction “because we are aware that Egypt will side with Libyan soldiers.”
Al-Mismari reveled details of a recent meeting in Cairo between Libya’s military figures a few weeks ago. He confirmed that the Cairo meetings resolved all issues related to the structure of the Libyan army and stated that the only remaining issue to resolve is the dispute over the post of “Supreme Commander” of the army.
He pointed out that the Libyan military figures are waiting for Cairo’s call for a new meeting to resolve all issues and sign the final agreement.
Al-Mismari affirmed that General Commander of the Libyan army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, believes that the post of Supreme Commander should only be bestowed upon an elected president in Libya. He pointed out that Field Marshal Haftar does not want to hold the post and that he has reasons to reject Fayez Al-Sarraj’s take over of the post because the international community imposed his Government of National Accord (GNA) on the Libyan people.
Commenting on the mini-security summit which was attended by Field Marshal Haftar in the Italian city of Palermo, al-Mismari said the participation of Field Marshal Haftar at the summit was to discuss the issues of illegal immigration and organized crime, which threaten the security and stability of Libya.
He stressed that the meeting examined the problem of securing common borders and the role of each country in that.