By Libya Herald staff.
7 January 2015:
Claims by Omar Al-Hassi, the Libya-Dawn supported “prime minister” in Tripoli, that a British military delegation . . .[restrict]recently paid a three-day visit to the capital have been rubbished by the British Ambassador Michael Aron. “It’s not true,” he told the Libya Herald. “There has been no contact.” No UK military delegation had visited Tripoli, he said.
The UK’s position was clear, he stated. “We do not recognise the GNC or the Hassi ‘government’.”
Hassi made his claim on the Tripoli-based Wataniya TV channel, which supports him and Libya Dawn. (A separate pro-HoR Wataniya TV operates out of Tobruk.) He alleged that the supposed British delegation had expressed their satisfaction at the security situation in the capital.
He also declared that a number of his ministers would be going within days to “several EU states” – a claim that has also surprised many observers, since no EU state recognises his government or appears to have any intention of doing so.
This is not the first time that Hassi has claimed that other countries were about to recognise his regime.
“He is under great pressure to show that he is getting international support,” a senior official in Tripoli told this newspaper. [/restrict]