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Libyan diplomat reveals Qatari ‘involvement’ in attempt to kill General Haftar

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Libyan diplomat Abdul-Basit Al-Badri has spoken of Qatar’s alleged involvement in “assassination attempts targeting the head of the Libyan National Army General Khalifa Haftar” on Monday.

He added in a televised statement that Qatar is behind an attempt to blow up the Council of Representatives in Tobruk to impede Libyan political agreements.

Badri stressed that Libya and the Libyan people were always seeking to join Qatar’s ranks, but the Gulf state was behind attempts to break up Libyan parties by financing political Islam parties and groups in the country.

He said Qatar financed terrorist groups in the country that caused the destruction of many Libyan cities.

Badri announced the start of procedures for the withdrawal of the Libyan ambassador from Qatar after the official announcement of severing ties with the Gulf state.

Haftar also announced Libya's severance of ties with Qatar officially on Monday, adding during a television interview that “this should have been done for years.”

“Qatar has supported terrorism with money and weapons, and threatened Arab national security because of its alliance with terrorism and its financing,” Haftar said.

He said that he had “warned of the danger of its direct links with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and Ansar al-Sharia.”