The President of the Presidential Council in Libya Fayez al-Sarraj denounced the direct support of the UAE and Egypt to what he described as a war criminal and rebel Major General Khalifa Haftar in conspiracies of chaos and sabotage in the country.
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, al-Sarraj called on the ICC prosecutor to investigate what is happening in his country and called for Haftar to be on the international sanctions list and hold his supporters accountable.
Al-Sarraj expressed regret that “Libya is going through a serious crisis due to negative foreign intervention,” criticizing the roles of the UAE, which “allowed itself to be a media platform for militias” and “Egypt, which wants to give lessons to Libya,” pointing to the finding of “French missiles” in an area extracted by his forces from the forces of Haftar.
Al-Sarraj said government forces fought the Islamic State Organization and drove them out of Sirte. He said that “what encouraged the war criminal is that he has the support of foreign countries,” but stressed “we will defeat him no matter who supports him,” stressing his rejection of any dialogue with Haftar.
A few days ago, Libya’s Supreme Council of State renewed its accusation against Haftar’s forces of using mercenaries and foreign aviation. He said he had “confirmed” information that Haftar’s recent offensive was backed by mercenaries and backed by foreign aviation.
Colonel Fawzi Bouharara, commander of Haftar’s forces, had admitted in late August that UAE drones had been involved in attacks on the city of Gharyan, south of Tripoli.
The UAE continues to support Haftar politically as well as with money and military equipment by trying to promote it internationally in the service of its plots targeting Libya.
A few days ago, the US embassy in Libya announced that Ambassador Richard Norland met on Thursday the retired Libyan Major General Khalifa Haftar in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.
She explained that the two men discussed the current situation in Libya and the possibility of reaching a political solution to the ongoing conflict in the country.
The press office of Haftar’s forces said in a press statement that Haftar met with the US ambassador in the framework of discussing “the military situation in Libya and the armed forces’ war on terrorism and to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.”
Abu Dhabi continues to support General Haftar against the internationally recognized Libyan National Accord Government, which has been leading a months-long assault on the capital Tripoli.
Haftar’s forces, despite Emirati and Egyptian support for his forces, have so far failed to make any progress toward the Libyan capital, and his militias have suffered heavy losses of life and equipment.
Earlier this month, the Presidential Council of the Libyan National Accord government denounced the UAE’s permission for Ahmed Mismari, spokesman for retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, to hold a press conference in the capital Abu Dhabi.
In a statement, the Presidential Council described Abu Dhabi as allowing Haftar’s spokesman to hold his conference as a “hostile position.” The council said that this position indicates that the UAE is allowing its capital to be a media platform for the militias who attacked Tripoli.