The United Arab Emirates' Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, has delivered rare criticism of their ally Khalifa Haftar after he suffered major battlefield defeats at the hands of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), Bloomberg reported.
Bloomberg added that Gargash said in an online forum Wednesday that some of "Abu Dhabi friends had taken their own unilateral decisions," referring to Yemen and Libya, in which he said that the UAE had seen such unilateral behavior in Haftar in Libya.
“A lot of these unilateral calculations have proven wrong. These are calculations that sometimes you don’t really have the control or the sort of moral advice that you want on some of your friends.” Gargash added.
Gargash indicated that the UAE is in support of the initiative developed by Egypt and the Speaker of Libya’s Tobruk-based House of Representatives, Aqila Saleh.
Gargash also criticized Turkey for its support for the GNA, saying that right now, "Turkey is the only country objecting to an immediate comprehensive ceasefire and the next battle over Sirte is really problematic.”
Haftar, who is basically funded by the UAE to wage his war on his opponents in Libya in an attempt to bring back military rule to Libya, has suffered a humiliating defeat in western Libya as GNA forces liberated all of southern Tripoli, and other western region cities, like Tarhouna, from his grip.