Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar’s army plans to enter the capital Tripoli by the end of the year and will deal with United Nations-recognized Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj under the law, a senior ally said, despite international calls to stop the offensive.
“We are in the final stage of the battle,” Abdulhadi Lahweej, self-styled foreign minister in the eastern government loyal to the Libyan military strongman, said in an interview in Moscow. “This is a very difficult operation.”
Since the NATO-backed ouster of Moammar Qaddafi in 2011, the North African state that holds Africa’s largest proven oil reserves has been engulfed by violence and political turmoil. Two major rival forces are fighting each other for control.