President Donald Trump recognized the “significant role in fighting terrorism” of Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) in a phone call with Haftar on Monday, potentially marking a shift from favoring the United Nations-brokered government to endorsing the warlord who controls most of the country.
Propped by neighboring Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Russia, and France, the LNA has seized at least two-thirds of Libya, including most border crossings and the major oil-producing regions.
Trump’s alleged endorsement of Haftar’s vital role in achieving peace in Libya aligns well with his administration’s ties to the general’s foreign backers, namely Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Egypt.
Citing Libyan and French officials, several media reports claim Paris supports Haftar with weaponry, training, intelligence and special forces assistance.
On Thursday, the Serraj administration accused France, Egypt, and the UAE of directly supporting the breakaways strongman general, Turkey’s state television channel TRT reported.