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Haftar to Press Tripoli War Despite Cease-fire Calls, Aide Says

  • General Ahmed al-Mismari spoke in interview in Abu Dhabi
  • U.S. has shown ‘understanding’ for LNA offensive: Mismari
Khalifa Haftar

Khalifa Haftar

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Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar will press on with his five-month offensive to capture Tripoli despite mounting international calls for a cease-fire and talks, according to his spokesman.

In an interview in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, General Ahmed al-Mismari dismissed the internationally-recognized prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, as powerless and negotiations as futile. “The man was unable to sign a single paper,” he said of Sarraj. “He would always give the excuse that he needed to hold consultations. We’ve exhausted all good offices.”