The Address | Benghazi – Libya
A source close to the General Commander of the Libyan National Army Marshal Khalifa Haftar said that Marshal Haftar refused to meet with President of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj, “because al-Sarraj is a weak figure and does not control the situation in Tripoli and will not be able to offer anything.”
The source, who asked not to be named, told The Address today that the LNA General Command “considers al-Sarraj helpless, who is run by other parties from the armed groups that control Tripoli and suspicious pressure groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood”.
On Saturday, the Libyan Investment Authority of the Presidential Council issued a decision, following a meeting with Fayez al-Sarraj, appointing the leader in the Muslim Brotherhood Mustafa Al-Mana as a member of the LIA Board of Directors.
The source also said that Marshal Haftar refuses the meeting because “al-Sarraj and his Presidential Council are steeped in massive financial and administrative corruption, according to the latest report of the Libyan Audit Bureau.”
Last July, the head of the Audit Bureau Khaled Shakshak announced in a press conference in Tripoli that the volume of government spending during the past few years exceeded 277 billion dinars. Shakshak reported the existence of large corruption during 2017 and 2018 in terms of the volume of spending and opening credits and the import budget.
The source denied the news reported by some Italian media agencies on an expected meeting between Marshal Haftar and al-Sarraj in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in the presence of the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salamé.