Haftar & UK Ambassador Discuss Latest Developments in Libya


The Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar discussed the latest political developments in the country with the British Ambassador to Libya, Martin Longden.

The meeting addressed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation, and serve mutual interests and objectives.

Longden assumed his duties in October as the new Ambassador to Libya, succeeding Caroline Hurndall.

Earlier on Monday, Haftar received the UN Envoy, and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily and his accompanying delegation.

The meeting held in Benghazi, involved “discussions on the latest political developments in Libya,” with no specific details provided.

The meeting was attended by Haftar’s office director, Major General Khairy Al-Tamimi, the Commander of the 155th Brigade, Major General Basem Al-Bouashi, and political advisor, Belgasem Khalifa Haftar.

Last month, the UK’s State Minister for Armed Forces, James Heappey emphasised his commitment to the Libyan people, during talks in Benghazi and Tripoli.

In a video message, Heappey highlighted that Britain “stands with Bathily, advocating for a unified Libyan national mechanism, coordinated with local, national, and international partners, to provide transparent and accountable relief.”

During his visit, Heappey encouraged all Libyan factions to “work constructively with Bathily to uphold their responsibilities toward the Libyan people and to achieve long-term stability, security, and prosperity.” He added that the UK is “ready to support Libya during its immediate humanitarian crisis, ensuring the success of elections, establishing a unified government, and ultimately, fostering economic recovery and development.”

Furthermore, Heappey indicated that Britain has sent 55 tons of aid to flood victims, including water filters and sanitary supplies. Emergency shelter materials and solar lamps, plus millions of pounds in aid to respond to the UN’s urgent appeal, have also been dispatched. The aid will go towards healthcare, psychological and social support, as well as vital water, sanitation, and hygiene projects.