The Address | Benghazi – Libya
Libyan Foreign Minister in the Interim Government Abdulhadi al-Huweij said the international community’s stance in Libya is confused and unclear, because on the one hand, it recognizes the elected Libyan House of Representatives as the country’s legislature, and on the other hand recognizes the government of Fayez al-Sarraj, which has failed to gain confidence from the House of Representatives.
In an interview with the French newspaper Al-Monitor on Wednesday, al-Huweij said that the international community recognizes a paper government of al-Sarraj that does not exist on the ground.
In addition to working without any legal or constitutional provision, al-Sarraj government also does not even control its headquarters, which are under extremist Islamist groups and human trafficking groups.
As for the ongoing battles the Libyan National Army is waging in Tripoli, al-Huweij said: “The liberation of Tripoli and the west cannot be halted as long as the militias and armed groups have not surrendered their illegal weaponry to the LNA. Hence, we cannot negotiate with whomever was not granted legitimacy by the Libyan people and does not make their own decisions.”