Head of UNSMIL, Ghassan Salamé met yesterday at Rajma with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA) to discuss the current conflict in Libya.

[Libya, 30 July 2019] – Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé met yesterday with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA).

UNSMIL stated, in a brief post on its official account on Twitter, that the meeting between the two men has taken place on Monday in the Army’s General Command headquarters in Rajma.

UNSMIL added that both Haftar and Salama discussed the current situation in Libya, as well as the possible ways to restore peace and dialogue. UNSMIL’s tweet also noted that during the meeting, Salamé warned against the dangers of the escalation of the fighting and the increase in foreign interference.

Salama’s visit to Rajma comes hours after a meeting with the President of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj as the latter attended the burial ceremony of the late Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi.

In a briefing to the UN Security Council yesterday, the UN envoy Salamé urged a truce to start on 10 August for Eid Al Adha. He said that a truce should be accompanied by confidence-building measures such as an exchange of prisoners between the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj.

He also called for the UN Security Council to support the release of 5,000 migrants from Libyan-run detention centres. At least 3,800 men, women and children held without charge are at risk of death from military attacks, he said, adding that his team had drawn up plans to free them.

© Al Marsad English. 2019.

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