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GNA’s Interior Minister: Our disagreement with France is over

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TUNIS –  The disagreement between France and the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) is over after the European country “changed little of its approach and policy’, Fathi Bashagha said on Tuesday.

Speaking to Tunisian radio Mosaique, Bashagha said that had France’s support for the General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, was a political support, it would have been acceptable.

“However, it was a military [support] and it supplied him with weapons, and this is not acceptable.”

“I will be visiting France this month. I have a very big visit, and, God willing, we will meet ministers and officials of the highest levels. We will be signing cooperation agreements and contracts ,” he said.

“France is looking for its interest in Libya, and we as a government have started a new policy, which is to communicate with all countries,” Bashagha said.

“We are ready to participate in the public interest in a way that serves both parties,” he said before adding, “We are ready to participate with all countries that have interests in Libya”.

Since April last year, the LNA, led by Field Marshal Haftar, has been battling militias allied with GNA. These militias have been the main source of chaos and instability in the capital since the overthrow of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Upon its launch, LNA’s operation herded support from several regional and international countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United States, France and Russia.

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