the head of The us command for Africa (Africom) visited Monday in Libya to meet with the Prime minister of the libyan Government of national unity (GNA), with whom he had discussed the end of combat in the war-torn countries, according to the GNA and the american embassy. "In the framework of the consultations on the evolving situation in Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj met on Monday the general Stephen Townsend, commander of the Africom, and the U.s. ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland," according to a press release from the GNA quoted by AFP. "It is necessary to put an end to the military actions and return to negotiations," said his side the american embassy on Facebook. MESSRS. Sarraj and Townsend met in Zuwara, a coastal city, 120 km west of Tripoli, where they were referred to together as the "joint coordination between the GNA and the command of Africom in the fight against terrorism [...] in the framework of a strategic co-operation" between Tripoli and Washington, said the release of the RNG.
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Call for the establishment of a cease-fire
In April 2019, Khalifa Haftar, the strong man of the is in libya, backed by Russia, the united arab Emirates and Egypt, launched an offensive to seize Tripoli, the seat of the RNG, which is recognized by the united nations. With the military support of Ankara, the GNA has chalked up significant victories since the beginning of June, taking control of the whole of the north-west of Libya and the signing of the failure of the offensive by Khalifa Haftar. General Townsend on Monday called for the establishment of a ceasefire and return to political negotiations under the aegis of the UN, according to the press release of the embassy of the United States.
The proof of the direct involvement of Russian-made aircraft
His visit comes a few days after the publication by the chain of command (Africom), ' new evidence on aircraft [military] russians in libyan airspace ". According to Africom, these aircraft have been transferred to Libya in late may, taking off and landing since the foundation of Joufra and Sirte (450 km east of Tripoli), where the forces pro-Haftar fell after the failure of the offensive on the capital. For ambassador Richard Norland, these "foreign players" should stop "fueling the conflict" and respect the UN embargo on weapons weighing against Libya. In the eyes of the diplomat, the ongoing fighting encourage the resurgence of jihadist groups such as the organization islamic State (EI) and the Al-Qaeda and worsen the state of division in the country " for the benefit of foreign parties ".
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