Libya's Interior Minister denies possibility of Misrata-Haftar agreement

Libya's Interior Minister denies possibility of Misrata-Haftar agreement

August 25, 2019 - 20:17
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha said rumors about possibility of an agreement between Misrata leaderships and Khalifa Haftar in order to keep the city out of the ongoing conflict in Tripoli are just "daydreams of some delusional people."

Bashagha told German News Agency that Misrata which provided lots of sacrifices for February revolution and war on ISIS in Sirte has only the aim of a civilian state, a goal that won't be materialized with Haftar's agenda that aims for the family and dictatorship rule.

"Burkan Al-Ghadab (Volcano of Rage) Operation forces are well prepared for foiling any attacks by Haftar's forces and for going further than just the defense against his forces' attacks. Our government won't exclude any party - religious or otherwise - as long as they commit themselves to the democratic political rules and remain away from using force to seize power." Bashagha remarked.

He added that talks about the Presidential Council's government being under the rule of a certain Islamist political group are just media fabrications as some media outlets have stretched the role of Muslim Brotherhood Group and made it a pretext for many failures on their part.

Bashagha indicated that his government respects all parties that believe in peaceful circulation of power, adding that Skhirat Agreement of 2015 that formed the Government of National Accord says that it should fight all groups listed internationally as terrorist, and the government fought them all in Sirte.

Media outlets loyal to Haftar said recently that Misrata leaderships agreed on a dialogue with Haftar and will be withdrawing their fighters from southern Tripoli frontlines and other areas, which was denied by officials from the city.