Libyan Prime Minister Dbeibah refuses to meet the Israeli delegation in

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Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has dismissed reports that he met with Israeli officials in the Jordanian capital Amman.

“This has not happened and will not happen in the future, our position is firm and clear on the Palestinian cause,” according to a Libyan government statement released on Wednesday.

The statement follows claims by Saudi broadcaster Alarabiya Alhadath TV earlier on Wednesday that Dbeibah met with the head of Israel’s intelligence services (Mossad) in Amman to discuss normalizing relations. The report did not specify a date for the meeting.

Six of the 22 Arab countries – Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Sudan – maintain diplomatic relations with Israel.

In November, reports claimed that coup leader General Khalifa Haftar’s son, Saddam Haftar, had traveled to Israel to seek support.

Haftar Jr., whose private jet took off from Dubai, arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on November 1, according to the Haaretz report.

During his 90-minute long visit, the putschist general’s son sought military and diplomatic support from Israel in return for establishing diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv. However, the report did not identify the officials or people he spoke with during the visit.

Israel had secretly supported eastern-based coup general Khalifa Haftar in Libya against the UN-recognized government.

In an opinion piece published by the London-based Middle East Eye, Israeli journalist Yossi Melman said Mossad operatives met Haftar in Cairo on several occasions between 2017 and 2019.

According to Melman, the Mossad organized training for self-proclaimed senior officers of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Egypt, offering advice on military tactics, intelligence gathering and analysis, control and command procedures. , as well as helping them acquire night vision gear and a sniper. guns.

On the other hand, Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post reported that Israeli officers were present in LNA-controlled areas between August and September 2019 to train Haftar’s militias in street warfare tactics. The report adds that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) provided Haftar’s forces with Israeli missile defense systems to repel GNA army drone attacks.

Libya has enjoyed months of relative peace since the deal, with a new unity government taking power earlier this year to lead the country until elections in December, which were postponed for various reasons.

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