By Sami Zaptia.
London, 20 March 2018:
The official spokesperson for the Presidency Council’s Ministry of Defence, Mohamed Ghasri was sacked yesterday after making negative comments to the media about the Cairo Libyan army reunification talks.
Ghasri, who doubles up as the official spokesperson for the Bunyan Al-Marsous anti-ISIS forces in Sirte, told Libyan media that the Cairo talks were not serious and would not succeed because they did not have a transparent agenda. He had called for the meetings to be held within Libya and with clear plans.
His comments flew in the face of the official line of the Serraj administration. Serraj’s official spokesperson had told gathered media during his weekly Monday lunchtime press conference that the Cairo Libyan army reunification talks were ‘‘progressing well and positively’’.
The sensitivity and fine balance of the talks forced Serraj to sack his Ministry of Defence spokesperson.
The latest and sixth round of talks had started in Cairo on Sunday under the supervision of the Egyptians.