Libyan leader meets Trump as Libya’s migrant crisis reaches new lows

December 2, 2017

The Chairman of the UN-propped Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Sarraj met US President Donald Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis earlier today in an effort to secure further military support and discuss possible solutions for the bloody Libyan crisis that has been ongoing for six years.

The once prosperous north African country is struggling to stand back on its feet as several factions vie for supremacy over influence and territory throughout its vast dominion. The armed struggle between its various groups, most prominently the Egyptian/Saudi-backed LNA based in Tobruk and the Western-backed GNA based in Tripoli, has only worsened the security situation in the country and the migrant crisis culminating in the recent worldwide outrage over the emerging African slave trade.

The establishment of the GNA towards the end of 2015 was an unsuccessful international attempt to unite the feuding rival factions in Libya and resolve the long-standing conflict that has devastated the standard of living of the Libyan people and fueled the refugee crisis in Europe. It has become extremely clear that neither government in Libya are capable of projecting a decisive military victory over the other and that the only path to peace is an inclusive political solution.

Sarraj’s most recent visit to the Washington D.C. is a move to grant his government greater legitimacy in the international diplomatic arena and an attempt to lobby his American partners to pressure Haftar’s authority to engage in meaningful political dialogue.