By Libya Herald reporters.
Tunis, 10 August 2017:
Hours after armed forces commander-in-chief Khalifa Hafter wrapped up two days of Cairo talks with Egyptian chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Hijazi, US ambassador to Libya Peter Bodde flew in to to see the Egyptian commander.
Bodde travelled with US AFRICOM commander General Thomas D. Waldhauser.
A statement by the Egyptians said that Bodde had praised Egyptian efforts to break the current political stalemate.
He was also said to have stressed to Hejazi, who is Egypt’s lead on Libya, the importance of ensuring that all political actors were involved in the political process. Only a negotiated solution could bring peace, security and stability.
The US Embassy to Libya simply reported that the meeting had taken place and that efforts to restore stability in Libya were discussed.
Its statement, which also disclosed that Bodde had met Presidency Council head Faiez Serraj last Monday in Tunis, noted that “ultimately, Libyans must lead the process of achieving political reconciliation in their country”.
They were, it said “working towards that goal”.