“This will not change the domestic political configuration because the political process in Libya is devoid of any logic, the country is literally exploding, many regions are plunged in chaos and military logic is prevailing,” Myriam Benraad said.
She added that while Emmanuel Macron is trying to reconsider French foreign policy, this latest initiative [in Libya] is the brainchild of Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, rather than his own. Moreover, it was put forward without any prior consultations with France’s European partners, including Italy.
“Macron is trying to right the wrong France did to Libya under President Nicolas Sarkozy and make sure that Libya does not become another Syria where Russia and the United States are negotiating the country’s future. I see this as [Marcon’s] attempt to assert himself, but I don’t think this could change the situation in Libya,” Benraad noted.
“The West realizes full well that it needs to take a more realistic view of things, that General Haftar is a strong leader who is trying to enlist the support of other countries, in addition to Egypt, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. He is the only one who restored law and order in Cyrenaique [province] and flush out the jihadists," she said.
”Russia, just like Egypt, the Emirates, Algeria and Tunisia, believes that General Haftar helped stabilize the situation in Libya. Russia rejects the idea of a regime change in Libya, it condemned the Western meddling in the region after the 2003 war in Iraq and is supporting diplomatic efforts to stabilize tyhe situation in the country.
”Russia’s position is way more pragmatic than that of the West, whose aspirations are out of touch with reality,” Myriam Benraad concluded.
Libya has been in a state of civil war since its longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.
The UN-backed Government of National Accord operates in the country's west and is headquartered in Tripoli. The eastern part of the country is governed by its parliament, with headquarters in the city of Tobruk. The parliament is backed by the Libyan National Army headed by General Haftar.