United Arab Emirates hinder ceasefire in Libya


The president of the Libyan Supreme State Council, Khalid al-Mishri, stated that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are the obstacle to reaching a ceasefire in Libya.

At a news conference in Tripoli, Mishri spoke about the ceasefire talks that took place in Moscow between the United Nations-recognized National Reconciliation (GNA) government and the leader of the eastern illegitimate forces Khalifa Haftar, who left yesterday from the Russian capital without signing a ceasefire agreement.

“During the ceasefire talks, representatives of the Gulf countries were also present on the Haftar side,” said the head of the Supreme State Council, a GNA body based in Tripoli.

“One of these representatives, the UAE’s Charge d’Affaires in Moscow, is one of the causes of the failure of the ceasefire agreement in Libya,” Mishri added.

“Russia’s proposal for a ceasefire was prepared in a form acceptable to the aggressor (the Haftar forces),” Khalid al-Mishri said.

Turkish and Russian delegations held talks in Moscow with the parties in Libya on Monday, discussing a text prepared for the ceasefire agreement.

The deal was signed by Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the GNA, but Khalifa Haftar, the rebel commander based in eastern Libya, left Moscow the next morning without signing the agreement, seeking a two-day deadline for local consultations.

On January 12, the warring parties of the Libyan conflict announced a ceasefire in response to a joint call by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two rival governments have emerged in Libya, one in eastern Libya mainly supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates and the other a Tripoli-based GNA enjoying UN and international recognition. .

In April, Haftar launched an offensive to occupy Tripoli, a move that was opposed by the international community.


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