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Latest update : 2017-07-27

Libya's Haftar vows to deal with terrorists 'through weapons'

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".

>> On France24.com: Libyan PM Al-Sarraj and Haftar agree to ceasefire at Paris talks

“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.

>> On France24.com: Watch our interview with Fayez al-Sarraj, Libya's UN-backed prime minister

By Taoufik MJAIED

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2017-07-27 Africa

Libya's Haftar vows to deal with terrorists 'through weapons'

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...

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2017-07-26 Egypt

Qatar 'financing and supporting terrorism', Egypt FM says

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry lashed out at Qatar, accusing the Gulf nation of directly supporting terrorism in Egypt, saying there was...

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2017-07-26 Africa

Libyan PM: 'We need UN's support to hold vote'

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Fayez al-Sarraj - the head of Libya's internationally recognised unity government - discussed a landmark deal struck with the divided...

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2017-07-25 Americas

'Maduro's regime is a criminal dictatorship'

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