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.