Cairo- The US administration took a decisive and active initiative on Thursday, in hopes of collaborating with Egyptian efforts seeking to broker a political settlement among Libya’s warring blocs.
Hours after Libya’s Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar wrapped up two days of Cairo talks with Egyptian chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Hijazi, US ambassador to Libya Peter Bodde flew in to to see the Egyptian commander.
Bodde travelled with US AFRICOM commander General Thomas D. Waldhauser.
A statement by the Egyptians said that Bodde had praised Egyptian efforts to break the current political stalemate.
The US Embassy in Libya had also disclosed on a secret meeting in the Jordanian capital Amman held between the divided country’s eastern commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and US Ambassador to Libya Peter Bodde.
The United States embassy in Libya issued a statement saying it remains fully committed to working with all Libyans to help advance stabilization and resolve the conflict in Libya.
He was also said to have stressed to Hejazi, who is Egypt’s lead on Libya, the importance of ensuring that all political actors were involved in the political process. Only a negotiated solution could bring peace, security and stability.
The US Embassy to Libya simply reported that the meeting had taken place and that efforts to restore stability in Libya were discussed.
Its statement, which also disclosed that Bodde had met Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj last Monday in Tunis, noted that “ultimately, Libyans must lead the process of achieving political reconciliation in their country”.
They were, it said “working towards that goal”.
The embassy added on its website that it is engaging a wide range of Libyan political and security figures in order to help achieve stability in the country.
Earlier this July, Haftar had also met with the commander of US AFRICOM, General Thomas D. Waldhauser in Al-Rajma – the headquarters of Haftar’s so-called National Army in eastern Libya.
Although that meeting was reported by pro-Haftar media, no specific details were given at the time.
The meeting came one day after the US announced that it will step up its presence in Libya and according to the CNN that it will reopen its embassy in Tripoli and reestablish its presence in Benghazi.