Top Libyan GNA officials meet with US AFRICOM commander in Zuwara

Top Libyan GNA officials meet with US AFRICOM commander in Zuwara

June 22, 2020 - 20:05
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj met Monday in Zuwara with the United States Africa Command (US AFRICOM) Stephen Townsend, in the presence of a US military delegation, US ambassador to Libya Richard Norland and the Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, military commander Osama Juwiali, Sirte-Jufra Operations Room commander Ibrahim Baytalmal, and the deputy Defense Minister Salah Al-Namroush, as well as other military officials.

The Presidential Council media office said the meeting discussed the latest military and security situations and US efforts to achieve stability in Libya, not to mention the cooperation in fighting terrorism between the Government of National Accord and the US.

The closed meeting in Zuwara, according to sources speaking to The Libya Observer, went over military issues, which could explain why Foreign Minister Mohammed Sayala wasn't present. The source added that the meeting could have talked about the Sirte military operations and the way to handle the Russian presence in Libya as Haftar had recruited thousands of Wagner Group mercenaries.

Local media also said that the meeting discussed as well the return of AFRICOM military personnel to Libya, knowing that they left Tripoli when Haftar led his offensive on the capital in April 2019.