Haftar Meets Sarraj
Photo source: Lana News
Photo source: Lana News
Finally Haftar and Sarraj met in UAE  on Tuesday the 2nd of May 2017. One of the confirmed points of agreement is that they agreed to meet again in Cairo on the following week. Initially the Libyan media reported various points agreed between the two, but later it emerged that some of the points reported by the media were, as usual, not true. The following is what the media said; followed by what the GNA's website announced; then followed by the joint statement that came from the UAE. First, what the media said :
- To keep the dialogue open
- To meet again in Cairo on the following week
- To form a work team to oversee the completing of the agreement
- To form a smaller Presidential Council made of three members
- To unite the Libyan army
- To hold presidential and legislative elections before March 2018
- To discuss cancelling Article 8 of the LPA (only one source reported this point )
- To reject all foreign military interference in Libya's affairs
- To reject the settlement of illegal immigrants in Libya
- To fight the [international] terrorism [imposed on Libya]
- To dissolve all militia and armed groups
GNA's Official Statement:
That was how various Libyan media outlets reported the meeting. However, on the following day, the website of the GNA  published its official statement regarding the meeting, and according to this document there is no such agreement. This document says [according to Temehu's translation] is that: "there was emphasis on a number of issues the most important of which are as follows". This sentence does not indicate any kind of agreement, just emphasis that the listed issues are important. Nonetheless, these issues are as follows:
- The call for a social dialogue to establish national principles and the idea of building a democratic country, and the work towards the constitution to overcome the transitional period.
- The necessity to return the Libyan displaced and refugees to their homes and work towards national reconciliation.
- Legally uniting the state's institutions and preserving the principles of the 17th of February.
- Work towards finding solutions to the financial problems the Libyans suffer from.
- Presenting a strategy to build the Libyan army and the emphasis that the army must be under the command of civil government.
- Uniting all efforts to fight terror.
- Calming the situation in the south of Libya.
- Taking all the steps to ensure a peaceful and transparent authority of governance, and fighting corruption.
Download the official statement regarding Sarrah-Haftar Meeting - part 1
Download the official statement regarding Sarrah-Haftar Meeting - part 2
Joint Statement (بيان مشترك في ختام لقاء المشير حفتر والسراج في أبو ظبي ):
The Joint statement  states the following points of agreement:
- To preserve the national unity of the country
- To activate the Libyan army to fight terror, protect the borders, and secure the country
- Addressing the problem of militias and collecting arms from the people
- Amending the LPA
- Work towards lifting the embargo on the Libyan army
- Calming the situation in Fezzan
Download The Joint Statement by Sarraj And Haftar
Update Regarding The Cairo Meeting
It emerged later that the Cairo meeting between Haftar and Sarraj had never took place. According to a number of speakers in Libyaschannel's Sejjal, Mr. Sarraj failed to attend the Cairo meeting because he was controlled by the Islamist militias controlling Tripoli which ordered him not to go . The GNA's website did even mention the news of the meeting with Haftar . However, Haftar did go to Cairo on the following week but instead he met President Sisi; followed by a visit of the Egyptian Chief of Staff to Cyrenaica a few days later.
Instead, forces operating in the area controlled by the GNA, particularly the Third Force, attacked LNA's air base in Brak Ashshathi on Thursday the 18th of May 2017; massacring 142 people in cold blood. The Libyan army said it will retaliate by attacking the Jufra base (near Houn and Sukna) - an area allegedly controlled by Islamist and radical militias including Qaeda-affiliates. The GNA, on the other hand, had suspended their Defence Minister, Mr. Almahdi Alberghthi .
All in all, it seems tragedy that the UN imposes such a government in violation of the democratic rule for which the country was destroyed by its bombing campaign in 2011 allegedly to protect the Libyan civilians (by placing them in greater danger than ever before in Libya's entire history).
For further information about the UN-imposed GNA please visit https://www.temehu.com/gna.htm