The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, has implicitly acknowledged the crimes of militias fighting alongside his government.
During an interview with French newspaper Libération, Al-Sarraj was confronted with a question about the presence of militias in Tripoli, which even increased since the launch of the military operation of the Libyan National Army (LNA).
Al-Sarraj tried to downplay the role of militias in the fighting in Tripoli, before finally admitting: “while we have seen incidents with militias, it remains isolated.”
“There are between 15 and 20 million weapons in the country, most of them in the west because it is here that the resistance to Muammar Gaddafi was the strongest.” he added.
“It is true, there are in Tripoli armed groups from Misurata,” Al-Sarraj admitted, “but it is these young people who defeated the Islamic State in Sirte in 2016.”
Al-Sarraj that France’s support for the LNA “surprised” him, adding that he warned French President Emmanuel Macron that the Libyan people will “hate” France because of its political position in Libya.
“I warned him that in Tripoli the general opinion was against France. We do not want Libyans to hate France. France still has a positive and important role to play in Libya.”