The Libyan Government of National Accord forces announced today, Saturday, that a Russian cargo plane landed in Sirte, carrying mercenaries from Syria, to fight alongside the retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, while the second round of Libyan dialogue sessions continues in the Moroccan city of Bouznika.
The spokesman for the Sirte Al-Jafra Liberation Operations Room, Brigadier General Abdul-Hadi Dara, said that they had spotted the landing of a Russian cargo plane with Syrian mercenaries on board at Bisirt airport, to fight with Haftar’s forces.
In a statement published by local Libyan media, the military official said, “A Russian cargo plane landed at Al-Qardabiya airport in Sirte, carrying a large group of Syrian mercenaries, not the Russians,” without further details.
Last Wednesday, Drah announced, in statements to Anadolu Agency, the landing of two military cargo planes carrying military equipment at an air base in the city of Sirte, which is under the control of Haftar’s militia.
He said at the time, “The Sirte and Jufrah regions are witnessing military build-ups by Haftar’s militia and Russian mercenaries, and they have not stopped for a while.”
Politically, the second round of Libyan dialogue sessions is continuing in the Moroccan city of Bouznika between 10 members who equally represent the delegations of the Supreme Council of State and Parliament in Tobruk.
The new round of consultations completes what was agreed upon during the first round early last month, which culminated in the two parties ’announcement that they had reached a comprehensive agreement regarding sovereign positions, and an agreement to complete the dialogue in Morocco.
The discussion centers on the criteria and mechanisms adopted for appointment to the sovereign positions stipulated in Article 15 of the Skhirat Agreement.
It is noteworthy that Morocco, the host of these consultations, confirmed that it would remain committed to providing a neutral framework for dialogue between the Libyan parties.