Trump calls Libyan commander pushing to seize Tripoli

President Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Libya's Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, who is leading an offensive to take over the capital of Tripoli

CAIRO -- President Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Libyas Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, who is leading an offensive to take over the capital of Tripoli — the seat of the U.N.-supported government.

According to a readout released by the White House on Friday, Trump and Hifter talked about counter-terrorism and the political future of Libya. The call took place earlier in the week.

The statement says: The President recognized Field Marshal Haftars significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libyas oil resources, and the two discussed a shared vision for Libyas transition to a stable, democratic political system.

Hifter is aligned with a rival government in the east that is supported by Trumps allies Egypt and United Arab Emirates.

Fighting between Hifters army and Tripoli forces threatens to ignite a civil war.