Al-Sarraj condemns “silence” of international community

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, has condemned the “silence” of the international community regarding the situation in Tripoli.

“The public is frustrated by the silence of the international community,” he told the BBC on Thursday.

He said failure to support his internationally recognized government could “lead to other consequences”, citing the risk of the terror group ISIS capitalizing on the instability.

“Definitely there is fear that ISIS could come back, and take advantage of this void,” he said.

However, the international community has not been “silent” as it made it clear that it won’t side with Al-Sarraj who aligned himself with militias and internationally-sanctioned warlords.

In April 11, the French Foreign Ministry said in an official statement that some groups and persons, classified on the United Nations sanctions list because of their terrorist acts, are involved in the fight in Tripoli against the Libyan National Army (LNA).

In April 12, European Union expressed, in a statement on Libya, its concern regarding the involvement of terrorist and criminal elements in the fighting in Tripoli, including those listed on the UN Security Council’s sanctions list.

Last Thursday, both the United States and Russia blocked a Security Council resolution that could have given support to the Islamist and Jihadist forces in Tripoli against LNA forces.

On Friday, the White House revealed that U.S. President Donald Trump spoke last Monday with LNA’s General Commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, with Trump recognizing Field Marshal Haftar’s “significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system”.

Trump recognizes Field Marshal Haftar’s “significant role” in fighting terrorism


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