LIBYA (OBSERVATORY) – The head of the UN mission in Libya, Hassan Salam, during a telephone conversation with the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Marshal Khalifa Haftar, discussed the political situation in the country, the statement in the microblog of the UN mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Twitter.
Earlier, the official representative of the LNA, Ahmed al-Mismari, denied the mass media information about the death of the commander of the LNA, Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
“The Special Representative of the Secretary General Hassan Salameh and … Khalifa Haftar today talked on the phone and discussed the overall situation in Libya and the latest political developments in the country,” the statement said.
Earlier, the media spread information that Haftar probably suffered a stroke a few days ago and was taken from Libya to a hospital in France. Later it was reported that the commander of the LNA allegedly died in the hospital.
Marshal Khalifa Haftar was born in 1943. He was a supporter of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, but in the 80 years of the last century he left for the United States and was sentenced to death in absentia in absentia for his attempted coup.
Haftar returned to Libya during the events of 2011, took an active part in the overthrow of Gaddafi, and then began to form the national army of Libya from among the former officers. The Marshal established control over a significant part of Libya’s eastern regions, including areas with oil infrastructure.
In 2015, the Libyan parliament, sitting in Tobruk, formally handed Haftar the command of the Libyan National Army. Haftar is known as an irreconcilable fighter against terrorism and radical Islam.