Libya: Serraj Accuses Ageela Saleh for Sabotaging Cairo Talks
Head of Libyan Presidential Council Faiez Serraj has accused President of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Ageela Saleh for torpedoing talks with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Cairo, reports say.
Talks between the two protagonists ended with no real milestone decision on the future position of the Eastern-based army chief in the Libyan leadership.
The two protagonists were later joined in the Egyptian capital by Saleh who has also has been opposed to Serraj and his PC. But no direct talks were held between the protagonists.
Haftar and Saleh both aligned with rival east-based Beida government have been opposed to the Libya Political Agreement (LPA) signed in Morocco in December 2015 under the UN wing.
In an interview with the London-based Arabic daily Asharq Al-Awsat, Serraj blamed the breakdown on the stubbornness of both Haftar and Saleh, Libya Herald reports.
“The intransigence of each party has resulted in the stagnation of a political solution and has increased the suffering of the Libyan people” he said.
Serraj who flew back to Tripoli on Tuesday indicated that Haftar insisted that Saleh takes part in the talks.
LPA hit a deadlock over the position of Haftar who has become a figurehead in the Libyan crisis.
While in Cairo, Serraj has proposed a three-man presidency, a separate government, the position of commander-in-chief to be held jointly by the heads of the Presidency Council, the HoR and the State Council and a supreme military council which would include the field marshal.
Washington and Brussels have already blacklisted Saleh as spoiler of the political process.