Bashagha casts doubt on "fragile ceasefire"

Bashagha casts doubt on "fragile ceasefire"

October 27, 2020 - 18:52
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha

Interior Minister, Fathi Bashagha has warned that the ceasefire in Libya faces significant challenges, foremost, is the meddling of foreign countries in the conflict.

Speaking to the "Financial Times" newspaper Bashagha said the biggest challenge to the "fragile ceasefire" would be foreign interference or a lack of international support to help Libyans implement this agreement.

He insisted Haftar would not pose a threat if his foreign backers abandoned him. "He is only dangerous because of the support of foreign countries which provide him with weapons and military equipment, said Bashagha.

The Interior Minister believes that the countries that had bet on a Haftar victory had started to review their stance.

"There is a change in the Egyptian position, this is clear," he says, explaining that the departure point for Egypt is always its national security, referring to Egypt’s shared border with Libya.

He also indicated a "positive change" in Moscow, as for the UAE, which is Haftar’s staunchest supporter and the source of much of his more sophisticated arms, it is still unclear if it had shifted its position, says Bashagha.