Monday in Zuwara, the military Command of the GNA met with the AFRICOM Command ; To discuss military developments to stabilize Libya and combat terrorism.
The leadership of the GNA was led by the Supreme Commander of the Libyan Army, Fayez al-Sarraj, the Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense, Salah al-Narmush, and the Chief of the General Staff of the Libyan Army, Lieut. Gen. Mohamed al-Sharif, the commander of the Joint Operations Room, Major General Osama Aljwaili, and the commander of the military zone, Tripoli, Major Gen. Abdulbasit Marwan. And the Central regoin Command, Major Gen. Mohamed Alhaddad, and the commander of the Sirte_AJufra Operations room, Brig. Ibrahim Bait Almal.
As for the American side, the commander of the American military command in Africa included “Africom”, General “Stephen Townsend”, and the American ambassador to Libya, “Richard Norland”, where the discussion focused on joint coordination between the two sides; To discuss the options for the next stage, especially after the victory of the GNA over the Haftar militias in the western region.
An informed source assured Arred that the American side confirmed that Haftar has become a thing from the past, and that he has no role except in this interim phase for not creating a vacuum, and that the political track is on the table, and perhaps the Speaker of the Tobruk Parliament Aqeelah Salih will be a “ladder” to move to political negotiations.
The source, who preferred not to be named, added that the American ambassador, Richard Norland, reaffirmed the necessity of the negotiations to be under the auspices of the United Nations, and that talking about the Cairo initiative is a matter of throwing ash on the eyes and trying to absorb the Egyptian side.
He pointed out that AFRICOM, in talking about a political solution, had advised the GNAt not to move eastward beyond Al-Jufra; Because it will not achieve any “strategic gain”, according to the source.
The conclusion of the meeting was by the two parties stressing the absolute rejection of the Russian presence, and the necessity of their withdrawal from all Libyan lands, as well as there was talked about the initiative of the President of the National Oil Corporation to resume pumping and producing oil, and about the American administration’s support for this initiative.