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Egypt still backing Libya’s Hifter

Amid accusations that the self-styled Libyan National Army led by eastern military commander Khalifa Hifter is redeploying in Sirte, Egypt continues to show its support for the Libyan leader as the country moves toward a transitional phase and national elections scheduled for later this year.
Libya's Prime Minister-designate Abdul Hamid Dbeibah addresses lawmakers during the first reunited parliamentarian session, in the coastal city of Sirte, Libya, March 9, 2021.

CAIRO — The head of the new Libyan Government of National Unity, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, discussed March 16 with the Joint Military Commission, known as 5+5, ways to unify the Libyan military establishment under a single entity, expel mercenaries from Libya and open the coastal road, linking Libya’s east and west.

The meeting came on the heels of a March 12 statement by the Sirte-Jufra Liberation Operations Room, affiliated with the Government of National Accord (GNA) forces in western Libya, during which it announced that it had monitored the military movements of the rival Libyan National Army (LNA) forces, led by Egyptian-backed strongman Khalifa Hifter, in the city of Sirte.

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