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UNSMIL, HCS discuss ways to increase UN Support in western region

Special Envoy of the U.N. Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame discussed with head of High Council of State (HCS) Khaled al-Mishri the humanitarian situation and means to increase U.N. support for the Western region.

The HCS, an advisory body established in 2015 per the Skhirat Agreement, and the UNSMIL focused on the need to expedite the efforts towards a political solution, emphasizing that there can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis.

Salama’s meeting with Mishri was followed by his meeting with head of the Presidency Council Faiez al-Sarraj, during which the special envoy briefed Sarraj on his talks with the international community to find a way out of tensions in Libya.

This was upon his return from Salame’s tour in the eastern region where he was brought together with General Commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar to discuss political solutions.

However, Haftar rejected the proposals of Salame to introduce a political initiative for the Libyan crisis, sources told Emirati newspaper al-Ittihad.

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.

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