Al Jazeera Net correspondents
Tripoli- An official Libyan source said that what he described as “the priorities of the American administration in Libya currently” are “combat terrorism, ensure the continued flow of oil, prevent the outbreak of new wars, and monitor Russian expansion in the east of the country, represented by the growing presence of mercenaries.” Wagner In which”.
The source confirmed to Al Jazeera Net that “the Biden administration does not yet seem to have a clear vision for a final solution to the political crisis in Libya. Rather, it is content only with supporting the measures announced by the UN envoy to Libya.” Abdullah BatiliWithout being achieved on the ground, especially with regard to holding parliamentary and presidential elections.”
According to the same source, the American administration pays clear attention in Libya to the military and political forces controlling the land, as it considers the retired Major General… Khalifa Haftar A security partner in what it calls “the fight against terrorism in eastern Libya,” while it sees the National Unity Government as a security, political, and economic partner in the west of the country.
America and the Dabaiba government
The government-to-government partnership has been strengthened Abdul Hamid Al-Dabaiba After handing over the government, the United States was one of those involved in planning the overthrow US Pan Am plane in 1988 Above the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, is the former Libyan intelligence officer Abu Ajila Al-Marimi.
Al Jazeera Net's source revealed what he described as “the annoyance of American diplomacy” in Libya with the positions of the National Unity Government in support of Gaza and the Palestinian resistance, represented by the government's earlier announcement of allocating $50 million in aid to the Strip.
The source explained that diplomats from the embassy had previously expressed to Libyan government parties their rejection of Al-Dabaiba’s description of what is happening in Gaza as “war crimes and genocide, and a stain written by history on the foreheads of the occupation and its supporters.”
The source stated that the American administration, according to conversations with its diplomats in Libya, considers the Chinese economic presence in Libya to be a competitor to it, and at the same time is coordinating with Turkey regarding what is described as “major files,” primarily the Russian presence in eastern and southern Libya.
He said that the presence of “Wagner” poses what he described as a strategic threat to the United States in Libya, North Africa, and the Mediterranean basin, but an American diplomat confirmed to a Libyan official some time ago that “Russian penetration in eastern Libya is still under control.”
For years, an American army force has been stationed in a camp on the outskirts of the city of Benghazi, consisting of dozens of officers and reinforced by members of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) And with tracking, eavesdropping, and monitoring devices for unmanned aerial vehicles, in exchange for the presence of a similar American intelligence force in Tripoli.
Meetings with the parties
In light of the continuing political and governmental division, Washington, through its special envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, is content with holding periodic meetings, described as consultative, with the leaders of the parties to the Libyan crisis, which it calls “actors,” in addition to other meetings with several prominent figures in the east and west of the country.
The latest of these consultations was represented by several meetings of an American delegation that included Special Envoy Richard Norland, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for North African Affairs Josh Harris, and Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Libya, Jeremy Brent, with leaders of the parties to the Libyan crisis and military commanders in eastern and western Libya.
These meetings also included the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, the Chief of Staff of the Libyan Army in western Libya, the Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation, and the Chargé d'Affaires of the Egyptian Embassy in Libya.
According to what the US Embassy in Libya announced, these meetings, which took place last week, focused on what it described as “the importance of advancing the political process to allow the Libyan people to elect their leaders, and to address controversial political issues, including forming a caretaker government,” as the American delegation discussed. With the head of the Oil Corporation, Farhat Bin Gudara, the strategy for increasing oil production.
The US embassy in Libya stated that the delegation confirmed to the UN envoy to Libya, Abdullah Batili, in a meeting with him at the mission’s headquarters in the capital, Tripoli, that “the American administration supports his call to involve the main actors of the Libyan crisis in dialogue, in order to advance the political process.” The American delegation agreed with Batelli that the remaining contentious political issues between the parties to the Libyan crisis can only be resolved through dialogue and concessions.
The delegation discussed with Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dabaiba holding “elections in accordance with fair laws, ending the transitional stages, and supporting the plan of the UN envoy to Libya to address the political impasse.”
The delegation informed retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, during a meeting with him at his headquarters in the Rajma area on the outskirts of Benghazi, that the United States supports “efforts to unify the Libyan army and preserve Libyan sovereignty.”
The delegation called on Haftar to ensure the transparency of the implementation of reconstruction efforts in Derna and other flood-affected areas, based on expert assessment and the needs of the people of the affected areas and cities in the east of the country.