Haftar said he would be ready for political dialogue if the conditions for a ceasefire are in place [File: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters]

Libya’s renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar has ruled out a ceasefire, saying he wants to remove groups from the capital that “infested” the United Nations-backed government, a French presidential official has said.

The flare-up in the conflict in Libya – which has been gripped by anarchy since Muammar Ghaddafi was toppled in 2011 – began in early April, when Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) advanced on the capital Tripoli.

The LNA is now bogged down in southern suburbs by fighters loyal to Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA). 

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President Emmanuel Macron and French officials have for weeks repeated their official support for the

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