By Libya Herald reporters.
Tunis, 9 May 2016:
The Government of National Accord must decide the future of Armed Forces Commander-in-chief Khalifa Hafter, . . .[restrict]Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said today.
“It will be for the Sarraj government to decide what role the Libyan general Khalifa Hafter is to play,” Gentiloni said.
The Italian politician, in Tunisia to meet president Beji Caid Essebsi, confirmed that Tunisia should attend the next Libyan security meeting on 16 May. To be held in Vienna, US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected, along with foreign and defence ministers from Europe.
Even though the Italian government of Matteo Renzi backs the UN-brokered Libyan Political Agreement and GNA, it continues to refer to Serraj as prime minister-designate, on the basis that the House of Representatives has yet the approve the new government.
It may be however that the UN is not sticking to its own deal. There are unconfirmed reports that an internal UN list of governments, has an entry in which Serraj and the GNA are presented as the legitimate Libyan authorities, without any qualification. [/restrict]