Haftar Stresses Role of Tribes in Libya’s Stability

Haftar Stresses Role of Tribes in Libya's Stability
Haftar Stresses Role of Tribes in Libya's Stability

The Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has underscored the pivotal role played by tribes, in restoring stability in Libya.

He praised the pivotal role played by the Awlad Suleiman, and other southern tribes in fostering national reconciliation.

This statement came during Haftar’s meeting with the Social Coordinator of the General Command of the Awlad Suleiman Tribe, Sheikh Zaidan Al-Zadma on Sunday.

On Saturday, he convened a meeting with the Chiefs of Staff and Directors of various departments of the LNA to assess the operational progress of military units across different specialities, both in urban areas and border regions.

Last month, Haftar conducted a tour of several bridge construction sites in Benghazi. Accompanying him were Prime Minister-designate, Osama Hamad, and Reconstruction and Stability Committee Head, Hatem Al-Areibi.

The tour aimed to assess the ongoing construction, and final preparations extending to Benghazi University, to review recent maintenance works.

Hamad, alongside Al-Areibi and other officials, inspected Ajdabiya city, focusing on security, services, and the progress of various service projects.

They inaugurated several projects, prominent among which were road maintenance, opening routes, school and infrastructure upkeep, and water supply to certain areas. This comes amidst a backdrop of political division in Libya, with Derna city bearing the brunt.

Notably, Haftar hosted a pivotal meeting with the UK’s State Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heappey in Benghazi.

The meeting was also attended by the Chargé d’affaires of the British Embassy in Libya, Catherine Wilde, and her accompanying delegation.

In a statement, the LNA reported that the discussions were focused on enhancing Libyan-British cooperation, in the field of counterterrorism. The talks also touched upon the latest political developments and set the stage for the appropriate conditions to conduct the upcoming Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the nation.