Serraj to Meet Haftar in Cairo

Feb 14, 2017 | International actors

Informed sources say that Fayez al-Serraj, Prime Minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) Serraj, will soon present a new political roadmap for the Libyan crisis, with the blessing of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt who are leading regional diplomacy efforts. The new deal reportedly involves a small central government, which will include Haftar, and new parliamentary elections. Reports indicate that Serraj is due to meet with Haftar in Cairo on 14 February, after a planned meeting on 13 February was postponed. Serraj is expected to take the deal formally to Moscow later this month to pressure Haftar into agreement.

On 9 February, the US State department issued a statement expressing ‘serious concern’ at the formation and deployment of the new anti-GNA ‘Libyan National Guard’ (LNG) forces in Tripoli. On 11 February, the US obstructed the replacement of Martin Kobler as UN Libya Envoy with Palestinian Salam Fayyad. Fayyad is reported to have been close with Serraj during the UN political dialogue process which led to the formation of the GNA in late 2015.