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Haftar, Trump Discuss Counter-Terrorism Efforts

Haftar, Trump Discuss Counter-Terrorism Efforts

Friday, 19 April, 2019 - 17:30
Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar. (Reuters)

US President Donald Trump held a telephone call this week with commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalifa Haftar, said the White House on Friday.

Trump and Haftar spoke on Monday "to discuss ongoing counter-terrorism efforts and the need to achieve peace and stability in Libya," according to the White House press office.

The statement said that Trump "recognized Field Marshal Haftar´s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya´s oil resources."

In their phone call, "the two discussed a shared vision for Libya´s transition to a stable, democratic political system."

On April 4, the LNA launched an operation against Tripoli to cleanse it of terrorist and criminal gangs.

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