Sirraj’s visit to Haftar triggers off enraged reactions

Sirraj’s visit to Haftar triggers off enraged reactions

January 31, 2016 - 21:00
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In the wake of the visit by the Prime Minister of the Presidential Council (PC) of the UN-imposed government, Fayez Al-Sirraj, to Khalifa Haftar in Al-Marj city Saturday, many heated reactions surfaced in a row on the media.

Member of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Al-Emmari suspended his membership in the council in protest against Sirraj’s visit to Haftar, the leader of military forces of Tobruk parliament and Dignity Operation, in Al-Marj city.

Likewise, Deputy Prime Minister in the UN-imposed government, Ahmed Mietig, considered Fayaz Sirraj's visit to renegade General Khalifa Haftar an individual action that represent him alone and does not represent the PC.

"We have been in touch with Mr. Fayaz Sirrja until late at night but he did not inform us of his intention to conduct this visit.” Mietig posted in his official Facebook account on Sunday, adding that Sirraj should have consulted the council before making this visit.

In addition, the GNC dialogue team member, Abdul-Rahman Al-Swaihli, demanded Al-Sirraj should submit his resignation immediately for meeting Haftar, whom he described as “retired” and the main reason for Libya’s crisis by committing a number of war crimes.

“Haftar does not have any official position in Libya and is considered an outlaw, so Sirraj’s visit to him constitutes a serious setback in the national accord and thus leads to the escalation of the conflict.” Al-Swaihli indicated.

In relation, the HoR boycotting member, Fathi Bash Agha, said Al-Sirraj bears the whole responsibility of what would result from his visit to Haftar, pointing out that it has violated his authorities and provoked his colleagues’ anger in the PC.

Moreover, the political adviser of GNC's Skhirat agreement signatories Ashrf Shih regarded the visit as a violation of the political agreement, underlining that Al-Sirraj’s position in the PC is to be revised due to this visit.

"Fayez Al-Sirraj is a liar and is not up to the level he is required to be, so if he was serious about the visit’s aim, then Haftar should have visited him and requested meeting him, but it is weird how Al-Sirraj went to Haftar’s office and sat down without even chairing the meeting.” Added Shih.

Besides, the member in Justice and Construction Party and supporter of Skhirat agreement, Abdurazzak Al-Aradi, said the timing of the visit was very unlucky for Al-Sirraj, pointing that a visit by a Prime Minister to the building of an unauthorized and illegitimate military official is so disgraceful that it might destroy the legitimacy of the PC, or yet, the whole Skhirat agreement, as he said.