The minister spoke after holding talks, along with GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Taha Siala, with officials from the White House, State Department and Pentagon in which the GNA requested greater U.S. involvement in Libya. “We believe that America is the only one capable of helping Libyans get out of this crisis,” he said.
Their visit occurs amid divisions in the Trump administration over the direction of U.S. policy on Libya. Current and former officials say that officials at the White House have articulated greater openness to Hifter in recent months, while the State Department has remained more closely aligned to the GNA.
President Trump appeared to upend years of consistent support for the GNA in April when he and Hifter discussed their “shared vision” for Libya in a phone call shortly after the commander launched his offensive on the Libyan capital.
A State Department statement issued after last week’s meetings called on forces loyal to Hifter to end their offensive on Tripoli.
Raghavan reported from Cairo.