German Ambassador Meets Haftar in Benghazi


The German Ambassador to Libya, Michael Ohnmacht held a meeting with the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi on Tuesday.

The two sides affirmed the importance of a political solution based on, and in support of the efforts of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative, Abdoulaye Bathily.

On Monday, Ohnmacht and his accompanying delegation visited the city of Benghazi, where they met with Mayor Saqr Bojwari.

“Consequently, it was my pleasure to discuss today with the Mayor of Benghazi, Mr. Saqr Bojwari, potential paths to enhance our cooperation. Municipalities play an essential role in serving a country’s citizens – in Germany as well as in Libya,” he tweeted.

During the meeting, they discussed the development works currently being implemented by the German Foundation for International Cooperation. In addition to its technical support for modernising the administrative aspects in various areas.

The attendees also touched on the projects being carried out by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the city, which enjoys strong support from Germany.

Ohnmacht highlighted the important role of German companies in the reconstruction of Libya, including the difficulties that hinder the return of German companies to resume their stalled projects. In addition to discussing the current political stalemate, which has been negatively affecting the services provided by the municipality. He also agreed on the need to enhance joint cooperation, and overcome any obstacles that might hinder the upcoming electoral process.

The meeting was attended by two members of the city’s municipal council Ahmed Al-Tira and Abdul Basit Suleiman Al-Jazwi, and the municipality’s projects director Osama Al-Kazeh.

UNDP Resident Representative, Gerardo Noto has previously stated that “UNDP along with UNSMIL through the Integrated UN Electoral Team will continue supporting HNEC in conducting democratic national elections. These are essential building blocks for an inclusive peacebuilding and political process. As well as ensuring citizens’ participation to regain the democratic legitimacy of public institutions in Libya.”