Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda in Libya reject French initiative

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The Libyan High Council of State welcomed France’s invitation to hold a conference in France on Tuesday to agree on a political roadmap but said it did not want military figures to participate, in a clear reference to Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar who is one of the four major figures invited to the talks.

Khaled al-Mishri, who heads the High Council of State, said on Sunday that military figures are not a political party, adding that only three parties must participate in the meeting and they are Prime Minster Fayez al-Sarraj, president of the eastern House of Representatives Aguila Saleh and the High Council of State.

Following Mishri’s statements, 14 militias in support of political Islam movements, such as the Brotherhood and al-Qaeda wings, in Tripoli voiced their rejection of the French initiative because it is a call that aims “to nationalize military rule,” and asserted the significance of “a civil state and the peaceful devolution of power.”

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