Libyan prime minister Fayez Serraj has said that foreign powers are actively working against the stabilization of the country. Libya remains riven by violence seven years after the NATO-backed ouster of its former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. A UN envoy brokered a ceasefire last week after deadly militia clashes in Tripoli.
Serraj told Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper today that the country is not pacified because serious and long-term solutions have not been found to solve very deep internal divisions.
While stating that the foreign powers are working against Libya for their own interests, the Prime Minister noted that some militias are secretly armed from abroad.
The country has two rival governments; Serraj’s administration, based in Tripoli, and another in the eastern city of Tobruk. Serraj called on a key political rival from eastern Libya, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, to work together for common objectives and against unilateral initiatives, and warned against a military takeover of Tripoli.
The Prime Minister also said Libya cannot hold elections until security is restored.