Today, Saturday, the US envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, stressed the importance of stopping the escalation of the military confrontation in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
And the account of the US embassy in Libya published Ambassador Norland as saying: “In a call on September 3 with Fathi Bashagha after his important meetings in Turkey, we discussed the importance of stopping the escalation of the military confrontation in and around Tripoli.”
In the phone conversation, Norland stressed the urgent need for all parties to work with the new UN envoy, to develop a clear roadmap for holding early elections as the only solution to instability in Libya.
Yesterday evening, Friday, armed clashes renewed between militias affiliated with the outgoing Government of National Unity headed by Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, and militias loyal to the National Stability Government mandated by Parliament headed by Fathi Bashagha in the Warshafana region, south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Violent clashes took place that lasted for hours in the Al-Khela “Ghout Abu Saq” area in the Al-Swani area on the outskirts of Warshafana, between the militia of the Third Company, led by Ramzi Al-Lafa, who supports the Dabaiba government, and the 55th Brigade, led by Muammar Al-Dhawi, which supports the Bashagha government, and used medium and heavy weapons, and resulted in 5 civilians were wounded.
The armed confrontations between the forces of the two rival governments, which took place last Friday and Saturday, resulted in the killing of 32 people and the injury of 159 others, according to what was announced by the Ministry of Health of the Interim National Unity Government, in addition to causing material damage and significant losses to public and private property.
Both Abdel Hamid Dabaiba and Fathi Pashaga are on simultaneous visits to Turkey, to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and senior Turkish officials.
Erdogan held a closed-door meeting with Dabaiba, on Friday, during which the two sides agreed on a work program between the two countries that includes military and energy cooperation, and the return of Turkish companies to complete the suspended projects, according to a statement published by our government platform of the Dabaiba government.
According to the statement, Dabaiba saw that what happened in the capital, Tripoli, last week was an attempt to seize power through weapons and conspiracies, and that there was no alternative for Libya to elections.
Meanwhile, Erdogan stressed during the meeting that change can only take place through elections, stressing his support and cooperation with Libya in all economic, security and military fields.
And the media office of the Bashagha government had said, last Wednesday, that the prime minister-designate of the House of Representatives had gone to Turkey “to discuss the political track and ways of cooperation between the two countries.”
The media office added that Bashagha’s visit to Turkey came at the invitation of the Turkish government to discuss the political track and means of cooperation between the two countries.