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Libya’s UN-backed govt appeals for Europe’s support against Haftar

Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) appealed on Tuesday for Europe’s support against military strongman Khalifa Haftar, warning that continued violence could see 800,000 people try to flee to the West. Haftar’s forces are waging an offensive on Tripoli. “It interests the whole of Europe to see a peaceful and democratic Libya,” GNA vice president Ahmad Maitig told the foreign media press association in Rome. He also said that Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini “shows big support for the peace process” and brushed off reports France favored Haftar, saying “the position of the French government is to support the national accord government,” according to AFP.