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Haftar rejects Salame’s political solution for Libyan crisis

General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) rejected the proposals of Special Envoy of the U.N. Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ghassan Salame to introduce a political initiative for the Libyan crisis, sources told Emirati newspaper al-Ittihad.

During his meeting with Salame in al-Rujmeh, an eastern area outside Benghazi, on Saturday, Haftar said al-Karama Operation, which the LNA launched in May 2014 to “cleanse Libya from terrorist groups,” is a solution for the Libyan crisis, rather than any political initiative.

For his part, Salame shed light on the humanitarian situation in Tripoli and the means to accelerate the transition towards a political solution.

The meeting was Salame’s first with Haftar since the tensions in western Libya erupted on April 4, when Haftar pushed his forces to the western region where the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord is based.

Last week, head of the Government of the National Accord (GNA) Faiez al-Sarraj announced a political initiative to resolve the escalating Libyan crisis and unify the state institutions.

The initiative includes the convention of the Libyan National Forum, in cooperation with the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, to bring together all “influential national forces on the political and social scene,” reach a political and democratic solution and pave the way for parliamentary and presidential elections.

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