Fighting is to Continue: Fayez Sarraj Rejects the Cairo Initiative – Al Marsad

In the first official statement since the announcement of the “Cairo Declaration”, the President of the Presidential Council, Fayez al-Sarraj implicitly rejected the initiative launched by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi yesterday in Cairo in the presence of Libya’s Speaker Aguila Saleh and Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Haftar to resolve the Libyan crisis and reach a sustainable ceasefire.

(Libya, 7 June 2020) – Fayez al-Sarraj, according to the media office of his “Operation Volcano of Anger”, made a phone call to Brigadier Ibrahim Bait Al-Mal, the Commander of the Sirte-Jufra Liberation Operations Room today, Sunday.

The two sides touched upon the latest field developments in military operations and the readiness of the militants of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to carry out the tasks assigned to them.

As “Supreme Commander of the GNA’s Army”, Sarraj conveyed his congratulations on what he described as “victory” achieved yesterday in reference to the attempted attack on Sirte, which claimed the lives of more than 50 from Misrata and wounded more than 100 others, and extended his condolences as regards the so-called “martyrs”.

Sarraj concluded the call by confirming that the path paved by their sacrifices should continue to expel the “criminal gangs and mercenaries who came to Libya from far and wide” (referring to the Libyan Armed Forces). This implied his official refusal of the Cairo Declaration and the GNA’s intention to continue fighting and continue its attack on Sirte.

© Al Marsad English (2020)