In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, General Khalifa Haftar, who controls the east of Libya, discussed the landmark deal agreed in France on Tuesday with his rival Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the UN-backed unity government. Haftar ruled out any possibility of dialogue with "extremists".
“There is no ceasefire with these people”. In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24’s Taoufik Mjaied on Wednesday July 26, Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces control the east of the divided country, ruled out any possibility of dialogue with terrorist groups there.
"Military solutions shall be selected for enemies," Haftar told FRANCE 24. "For example, the Islamic State group, al Qaeda, the Libyan fighters’ group and also the Benghazi defence brigades. And also extremists (such as) the Muslim Brotherhood. These are enemies, there is no doubt on that and there will be no dialogue with them. We will deal with them through weapons. There is no ceasefire with these people."
A thinly veiled reference to some of Libya's armed groups, which he accuses UN-backed PM Fayez al-Sarraj of having links with.