EU officials are hoping Trump would withdraw support of Libya’s warlord Haftar

The Guardian said European officials are hoping Donald Trump’s surprise expression of support for the Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar can be reversed amid division in Washington over US policy on the north African country.

Accirding to The Guardian, EU officials greeted Trump’s remarks with disbelief and a fear that the White House had accepted a joint interpretation of the war by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia that underplayed its complexity.

“Some European diplomats have compared disagreement in Washington with the way in which Trump unilaterally announced he was withdrawing US forces from Syria, a decision that has yet to be implemented and has been challenged in the state department and the Pentagon.” The Guardian added.

It also reported that although European diplomats knew high level contacts between Trump and Haftar’s aides were under way last week, the degree of support expressed in the White House statement came as a surprise.

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