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Libyan Military Strongman Haftar Visiting Russia

August 12, 2017

MOSCOW — Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar was due to arrive in Moscow on Saturday ahead of a meeting with Russia’s foreign minister, RIA news agency reported, citing a Russian negotiator.

Haftar is expected to meet Sergei Lavrov on Monday, Lev Dengov, head of the Russian contact group on Libya, told RIA. It was not immediately clear what the pair would be discussing.

At the end of July, Haftar and Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj committed during talks in France to a conditional ceasefire and to elections, but a Italian naval mission aimed to help the country curb migrant flows has fueled tension this month.

Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army controls much of eastern and southern Libya.

It has rejected a U.N.-backed government in Tripoli that is struggling to assert authority over an array of armed factions which have been competing for control since the 2011 fall of Muammar Gaddafi.

Haftar has held talks with Russian officials before and in January he was given a tour of a Russian aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean.

The head of the U.N.-backed government visited Moscow in March, and the Kremlin said then it wanted to help repair the damage it said had been done by Western involvement in the country.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Additional reporting by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Alison Williams)

Western Nations Urge Libyan General to Withdraw From Eastern Oil Terminals

September 13, 2016

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Libya — The ports of Sidra and Ras Lanuf, both important oil terminals, have been seized by forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar. Photograph by AFP, Getty Images

The Associated Press

BENGHAZI, Libya — The United States and five Western nations have called upon forces loyal to a Libyan general to withdraw from three eastern oil terminals seized earlier this week.

The U.S., France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain said in a statement Monday that the U.N.-brokered government based in the capital, Tripoli, is the “sole steward of these resources,” adding that “Libya’s oil belongs to the Libyan people.”

Forces led by Gen. Khalifa Hifter seized control of Ras Lanuf, al-Sidra and Zueitina on Sunday.

Hifter is allied with Libya’s internationally recognized parliament, based in the east, which has not approved the U.N.-backed government, in part because of differences over his future role in the country.

The oil-rich North African country slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi.

Seizure of Libyan oil terminals prompts call for military action
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/12/key-libya-oil-terminals-seized-by-rival-government-sparking-call-for-military-action

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