Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Jordan for reconciliation talks

Libyan Ambassador to Jordan, Mohammad Barghathi posted Wednesday on his facebook account a photo that included Haftar with the ambassador. (Official Facebook page)
Updated 29 November 2018
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Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Jordan for reconciliation talks

  • Haftar is in Jordan for crucial reconciliation talks with Libya’s Fayez Sarraj
  • Pundits believe that his visit is aimed at speeding up reconciliation talks with Sarraj

AMMAN:  Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar is in Jordan for crucial reconciliation talks with Libya’s Fayez Sarraj, head of the Presidential Council, Arab News has learned.

Senior government sources told Arab News that Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army, is in Jordan without giving reasons for the visit. Pundits believe it aims  to speed up reconciliation talks with Sarraj.

Earlier, a Jordanian website announced that Sarraj will be visiting Jordan Saturday as the head of a large contingency that includes the head of the intelligence service, and the ministers of higher education, heath and foreign affairs. Mohammed Barghathi, the Libyan ambassador to Jordan, posted on Wednesday on his Facebook account a photo of himself taken with with Haftar.

 

“Meeting with Field Marshal Khalifa Bilqasim Haftar the commander-in-chief of the Libyan Army,” the ambassador said in the post. The meeting included “discussions about the homeland and the building of the state and commitment to holding elections and respecting the peaceful transfer of power.”

Barghathi called such future actions “the basis to build the hope for national state.”

It is unclear what the added value of Jordan is for the Libyans. Adnan Abu Odeh, a former adviser to King Hussein and King Abdullah, told Arab News that he was surprised by the news.

“I am not sure why Jordan was chosen for the reconciliation meetings. We are not neighbors and we don’t have loads of money, but maybe a third party suggested to hold the meeting in Jordan as a neutral setting,” he told Arab News.


Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir to address the nation

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Sudanese president Omar Al-Bashir to address the nation

KHARTOUM: Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir is expected to address the nation on Friday evening. 
Earlier today, security forces fired teargas to disperse hundreds of protesters who marched and chanted anti-government slogans following Friday prayers at a major mosque near the Sudanese capital, eyewitnesses said.
The demonstration in the city of Omdurman outside Al-Sayed Abd Al-Rahman Al-Mahdi mosque, which has ties to the opposition Umma party, was the latest in what have become near-daily protests in Sudan since Dec. 19.
Protesters chanted “the revolution is the choice of the people” and “fall, that’s it,” to express that their only demand is the end of President Omar Al-Bashir’s rule.
The demonstrations were triggered by price increases and cash shortages but have developed into the most sustained challenge to Bashir since he took power three decades ago.
Activists say nearly 60 people have been killed during two months of protests, while authorities put the death toll at 32, including three security personnel.
Security forces have used tear gas and live bullets to disperse protesters, and have arrested people including opposition party members, activists and journalists.
Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court over charges of masterminding genocide in the Darfur region, which he denies. He has been lobbying for Sudan to be removed from a list of countries Washington deems state sponsors of terrorism.
The listing has blocked the investment and financial aid that Sudan was hoping for when the United States lifted sanctions in 2017, economists say.
Sudan has been rapidly expanding its money supply in an attempt to finance its budget deficit, causing spiraling inflation and a steep decline in the value of its currency.