The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – President of the United States, Donald Trump, indicated in his phone call with General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, that the US supports LNA’s military operation in Tripoli, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday.
This support was emphasized by an earlier call from White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, Bloomberg reported, citing three American diplomats.
“Those accounts go beyond a White House statement issued Friday on an April 15 call between Trump and Haftar,” Bloomberg said.
The White House statement said that Trump and Field Marshal Haftar discussed “ongoing counterterrorism efforts”. During the phone call, Trump “recognized 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”.
The statement made no reference whatsoever to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) or its Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj.
Tripoli’s southern regions have been witnessing, since 4 April, violent clashes between LNA and militias affiliated to the GNA, after Field Marshal Haftar launched a military operation to liberate the capital from those militias.