US, Libya’s Haftar discuss hostilities’ suspension

WASHINGTON, Senior US officials met on Sunday with Libyan General Khalifa Haftar to discuss “steps to achieve a suspension of hostilities and a political resolution to the Libyan conflict,” the State Department said Monday evening.

In a statement, the Department said that the officials underscored the US’ “full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya.” They also expressed “serious concern over Russia’s exploitation of the conflict at the expense of the Libyan people.

“These frank discussions build on recent talks with Tripoli-based officials aiming to establish a common basis for progress between the parties on the issues that divide them, in the context of moving toward a ceasefire,” the statement affirmed.

It noted “these include concrete efforts to address militias and extremist elements, and the distribution of resources so they benefit all Libyans.

“The United States urges the parties to seize this opportunity to build a secure and prosperous future for Libya,” it said.

According to the statement, the delegation included Deputy National Security Advisor for Middle Eastern and North African Affairs Victoria Coates, Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs at the Department of Energy Matthew Zais and USAFRICOM Deputy Director for Strategy, Engagement and Programs Brigadier General Steven deMilliano.

Source: Kuwait News Agency