Trump praises Haftar in the apparent reversal of US policy towards Libya News
Thousands of protesters went to the streets in Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Friday after US President Donald Trump praised Libyan Khalifa Haftar against a military raid by the renaissance general to conquer the capital. Haftar spoke on the phone Monday "to discuss ongoing efforts to fight terrorism to achieve peace and stability in Libya.
On April 4, Haftar and its forces launched an offensive against the country's internationally recognized government, located in Tripoli. In his telephone conversation, Trump "recognized the significant role of Field Marshal Haftar in countering terrorism and securing Libya's oil resources, both discussed a common vision for Libya's transition to a stable democratic political system."
It's unclear why the White House waited a few days to call the phone call.
Tampa's praise for Trump was seen in Tripoli as a reversal of US policy towards Libya, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this month urged immediate halt to Haftar's offensive.
"People are very angry, thousands of people have come here on the main streets and squares, especially in Tripoli, and urge the international community to stop the military aggression from the forces of Haftar," he said. 1
9659004] At least 2,000 people participated in a protest at the martyrs' square in Tripoli on Friday to protest against the Tripoli's push from the Libyan National Army of Haftar (LNA). Tripoli [Mahmud Turkia/AFP]
Abdelrizaq Musheirib, a protester, criticized Trump's invitation to the commander, telling Reuters, "Calling does not make sense, but we will respond to it." 04] LNA launches military campaign against Tripoli on April 4, saying it wants to "cleanse" the western region of the country from "other terrorist groups"
Analysts say the offensive threatens to resume a full civil war in the oil- which is plunged into chaos after NATO-backed downsurge of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011
The fighting on the outskirts of the city killed at least 213 people and injured more than 1,000 people, the World Health Organization said on Friday. More than 25,000 were displaced, according to the UN
Haftar supports a rival administration in eastern Libya that refuses to recognize the authority of the UN-recognized government of the National Arrangement in Tripoli, led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serrai.
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Rossily Jordan of Al Jazeera, reported by Washington, said the White House statement on Friday appears to be in contradiction with the United States Department of State.
The Department issued a statement calling on Haftar to withdraw to stop this military offensive, and the US is working with the United Nations on its attempts to implement some kind of peace agreement in that country, "she said.
He raises the issue whether it is a US president who opposes his own foreign policy on a critical global issue like that in Libya
Jordan added that it is unclear whether Trump had begun the invitation  "The Whit In the statement of" El House "notes that he and Haftar have spoken on Monday, it may be it was that Hafttar sought some kind of approval on the world stage and asked for a talk with the president, "she said.
A day after both the US and Russia said they could not support the UN Security Council resolution calling for a cessation of the fire in Libya
UN condemns last attack against Lipova Tripoli, considering ceasefire (2:16)
Russia opposes the British resolution that accuses Haftar of the latest outbreak of violence, but the United States did not give cause for your decision. The draft resolution will also call on countries with an influence on the warring parties to ensure respect for and unconditional access to humanitarian aid in Libya.
Meanwhile, countries in Europe and the Middle East were also divided on the Hafhtar offensive on Tripoli. In the past, Italy and France clashed with Libya, but on Friday the foreign ministers of both sides said they were trying to build a common strategy for the North African country.
Jean-Yves Le Drijan, France's foreign minister, reporters after a meeting in Rome with his colleague, said: "There can be no progress in Libya without a solid French-Italian agreement."
Italian Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi said lower-level ministry officials will meet next week in the Italian capital "to pave the way for a goal that remains shared".
Tripoli protestors blamed French President Emanuel Macron in support of Haftar, but the French embassy in Libya writes in Arabic that Paris is "against the attack" of the city.
Haftar enjoys the support of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, who see it as an anchor for restoring stability in Libya. But Qatar said the existing UN arms embargo on Libya should be strictly enforced to prevent the commander from getting weapons. others are still trapped in detention centers affected by clashes between LNA and GNA
Libyan authorities have previously detained refugees and migrants to stop their passage to Europe. of women and children who were held in detention centers near the fronts of the conflict.
The agency said it remained "extremely concerned" about the safety of those who remain "trapped" in Libya.