LIFG’s Belhaj: We Support Cairo’s Desire To Be Open to All Libyan Parties – Al Marsad

The Chairman of Al-Watan Party and leader of the terrorist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who is on the wanted list of Libya’s Attorney General, Abdelhakim Belhaj said the visit of the Egyptian delegation to Tripoli was to be welcomed.

(Libya, 29 December 2020) – Abdelhakim Belhaj praised the success of the official Egyptian delegation’s visit to Tripoli through a post on his Facebook official account.

Belhaj affirmed his support for Cairo’s desire to open up to all the Libyan crisis parties in order to contribute to stabilizing the unity of the country, which is he said was consistent with the vision of Libya’s neighboring countries and international and regional parties.

Moreover, he renewed his support for all efforts that seek to spare Tripoli from war again, end the state of political division, promote the unification of the military establishment, and the removal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from all regions of Libya.

“Libya is going through this crucial phase of its history with significant developments, some of which are linked to the desire of regional parties to resume war and aggression against Tripoli, and others in the interest of Libya’s stability and territorial integrity.”

He believed that the stability and unity of the country are a common interest with neighboring countries and a historic responsibility to be borne by the people of Libya.

Abdelhakim Belhaj said in his statement by: “Based on our keenness to stabilize Libya and maintain the peace of the political process, thereby producing a strong central authority that regains the sovereignty and stability of Libya, we congratulate the efforts that contributed to the success of the Egyptian delegation’s official visit to Tripoli”.

Belhaj is still still wanted by Libya’s Attorney General. In 2019 arrest warrants were issued for him and Ibrahim al-Jadhrain, the former commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard, on the counts of being  involved in attacks, crimes and leading armed groups in Libya, including attacks on oil terminals, Timnahint air base in southern Libya and other crimes in south of the country.

Abdelhakim Belhaj was a former fighter in Afghanistan against the Soviets and later the leader of the terrorist Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which was allied to al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. With Qatari help he became head of Tripoli Military Council after the 2011 revolution. In June 2017, Belhaj was included on a list of suspected terrorists linked to Qatar issued by Bahrain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia and subsequently endorsed by the House of Representatives, Libya’s parliament in Tobruk.

He has seen branched out into business, allegedly Qatari help, and still holds ambitious of leading the country. Belhaj is accused of being involved with Tunisia’s terrorist Ansar al-Sharia organisation, an accusation he denies.

Belhaj is currently based in Turkey, where he has close contact with the Erdogan regime and Islamists from Libya, the Hamas, and Syrian and other countries.

© AlMarsad English (2020)


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