THE STORIES BEHIND THE HEADLINES

Abu Dhabi

London

New York

Tuesday 20th March 2018

White House Says Trump Spoke to Libyan Commander Haftar on Monday

Politics

7Dnews London

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:05 GMT

The White House said on Friday, April 19th, that President Donald Trump spoke by phone on Monday, April 15th, to Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar and discussed "ongoing counterterrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya," as reported by Reuters.

The statement said Trump "recognized Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system." 

On Thursday, April 16th, mortar bombs crashed down on a suburb of Tripoli, almost hitting a clinic, after two weeks of an offensive by Haftar's eastern troops on the Libyan capital, which is held by an internationally recognized government.

Middle East