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Field Marshal Haftar Met With Russian Defense Minister, Following Failed Inter-Libya Peace Talks

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Field Marshal Haftar Met With Russian Defense Minister, Following Failed Inter-Libya Peace Talks

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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu met with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on February 19th, and the two discussed the situation in Libya.

They discussed matters and “stressed the importance of talks held on January 13 in Moscow for establishing ceasefire and launching the process of normalizing the situation in the country,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Shoigu and Haftar confirmed the need to fulfill the decisions made at the Berlin conference on Libya. They also agreed that the only way to solve the crisis was through political means and confirmed commitment to Libya’s independence, unity and territorial integrity.

“On February 19, Russian Defense Minister General Shoigu met with the Libyan National Army commander Marshal Haftar. The situation in Libya was discussed during the dialogue. The important role of the talks held in Moscow on January 13 of this year was noted to establish a ceasefire and start the process of normalizing the situation in the country,” the Defense Ministry statement said of the meeting.

On February 18th, the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) left the peace negotiations with the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The GNA said the reason was that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces had shelled the Tripoli port and that it went against peace efforts.

As a result, the Libyan Oil Company announced that all oil tankers would be withdrawn from the port of Tripoli after the bombing.

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) condemned the attack on the port, saying it could have led to a “real catastrophe” had a nearby vessel transporting liquified gas been hit, but added it hoped the talks could resume.

“The Mission calls for an end to the escalation and provocative actions, especially expansion of the conflict area, and urges all parties to resort to dialogue as the only means to end the crisis,” it said.

The GNA made no mention that it used GRAD rockets to target LNA positions south of Tripoli, only that the LNA shelled the port.

The LNA said it bombed a vessel carrying weapons from Turkey in Tripoli’s port.

Turkish security officials told Al Jazeera that there were no Turkish cargo ships in the port at the time of the attack.

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Abdelwahed, reporting from Tripoli, said Libyans in the capital were expressing “panic, fear, and frustration” as the situation deteriorates.

“People are worried that heavy fighting might renew at any time. People in densely populated areas, they are worried that the attack on the port could be the beginning of other attacks in residential areas,” he said.

The UN-backed GNA said it would halt its participation in UN talks aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country where a fragile truce has been repeatedly violated.

It entirely blamed the LNA for the failure.

“We are announcing the suspension of our participation in the military talks taking place in Geneva until firm positions are adopted against the aggressor [Haftar] and his violations” of the truce, the GNA said in a press release.

“Without a lasting ceasefire … negotiations make no sense. There can be no peace under the bombing.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the Tripoli government’s withdrawal from the military committee talks in Geneva following the attack, and said his military would support the GNA in seizing all of Libyan territory.

“If a fair agreement did not come out of the meetings in which the international community is also involved … we will support the legitimate government in Tripoli having control over the entire country,” he said.

According to the GNA, the LNA is carrying out the airstrikes in order to cause a crisis in everyday life for the civilians. Despite the fact that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces have purged 90% of the country from terrorist elements and have returned normality in most of the country.

“It is clear the objective of the systematic bombardments of the residential areas, the airport and the port, in addition to the total blockage of the oil installations, is to provoke crises for the citizens in all the aspects of their life”, the GNA said.

The talks that fell through began earlier on February 18th, brokered by UN Libya Envoy Ghassan Salame.

The first round that took place earlier in February led to nothing, but Salame said there was “more hope” this time, mainly because of the approval of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a “lasting ceasefire”.



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I’m still ambivalent as to which side is better, but I reckon that A: Haftar is an old school dictator who wants to rule the country with an iron fist so he can line his own pockets. Which B: is always preferable to Islamists and other social engineers, who also want to rule their countries with an iron fists, so they can re-educate the dumb masses and exterminate the unwanted deplorables. And also line their own pockets.


Haftar and the democratically elected parliament support each other. Both fight against the islamist-terrorist groups that were put in domination of Tripoli by Qatar (Turkey’s ally) after the war against Libya, and are now supported by Turkey (and were used by the UN to create a fake unilateral government of islamists who never recognized the elections).
Also Haftar is allied with Egypt and Russia, two countries who defend Christians. And Russia the number one country fighting its freedom in resisting the global injustice, imperialism and decadence imposing by the Americano-zionist regime.
For me the choice is clear: against the terrorists and for Haftar.

Riyad Enakoua

he took money from CIA , trying to take over gaddafi by building Libyan army outside of it’s border and lived few miles from their building in the USA for years , now he feels guilty ?
actually haftar is more puppet than any other leader in the World , Hafter is UAE + france + Saudi Arabia project Russia and Egypt was invited to support and take it’s share from the cake !
he will hang over his pictures every where and kill any one who said any word , i think it’s more stupid to live under this kind of rule in the world , he will re educate the people his bullshit of nationalism (Egyptian Nationalism …)

Samuel Vanguard

Haftar will become the ultimate leader of Libya he has the backing of Washington and Moscow i see him being president of Libya in future

Peter Jennings

There is still a surviving son of Qaddafi who is popular with his fellow Libyans.

Peter Jennings

Field Marshal Haftar would have seen nato types up close and maybe future nato plans for Libya.
At one time the Romans couldn’t be beat until they began to teach their methods to foreign captives, who stayed and fought in the ranks but after a while left for home. Taking the Roman military info and experience with them.


It is not so black and white. The US and Israeli regimes don’t seem to care. Italy supports the terrorists ruling over Tripoli (hoping to get a good oil deal from them), but France supports Haftar, the elected parliament and the Berbers. Other European countries don’t take side as far as I know.

Theodor Stahlberg

He will be the first president after victory, afterwards Ghaddafis son Saif will take part in presidential elections

Tommy Jensen

This meeting is illegal because it don’t follow International rules of order. Putin is again pouring gasoline all over ME, bombing civilians and infrastructure, and we Americans have to clean up all the terrorists to make peace as we did in Iraq and Syria. We do it for freedom.


You must be trolling the mouricans, surely.

Xoli Xoli

Hafter must used anti ship messiles against Erdogan.

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