Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces delivered a short address to the Libyan nation this evening. Al Marsad publishes the entire English translation of his speech.
ADDRESS BY FIELD MARSHAL KHALIFA HAFTAR,
COMMANDER OF THE LIBYAN NATIONAL ARMY
In the Name of Allah, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy
I congratulate you on blessed month of Ramadan. May God make it recur for all the Muslim Ummah with all blessings!
Free Libyans! We pay tribute to you for your solidarity with and support for your armed forces and the renewal of your trust in its commander, officers, and soldiers while they proceed with their continuous victories to liberate the country from terrorism.
The armed forces could not have achieved these victories without the trust of the Libyan people, due to the sacrifices of your officers and soldiers with their lives and blood, to ensure the safety of the country and for Libyans to live free on their own soil.
Free Libyans! We have followed up your response to our call to you to announce the fall of the Political Agreement, which has destroyed the country and led it to the abyss, and to authorize those you consider eligible to lead this stage.
We express our honor to the Libyan people for authorizing the General Command to undertake this historic mission under the current exceptional circumstances, and their revocation of the Political Agreement to be part of the past according to the decision of the Libyan people—the source of all authority. We thus announce that the General Command of the Armed Forces accepts the will of the people despite the burden of that trust, multiplicity of obligations, and the magnitude of responsibilities before God, our people, and conscience and history.
We shall always remain at the disposal of the Libyan people and will not spare any effort to stop their suffering. Serving the citizens, protecting their rights, realizing their hopes and aspirations, and harnessing all the resources for the exigencies of the public good—shall always be our foremost priority. We will work towards creating the conditions for building durable institutions of the civil state according to the will and ambitions of the Libyan people while completing the march of liberation until full success is achieved, God Willing!
We pray to Almighty God to guide us to the best for the country and its people.
Wa-Assalamu Alaikum wa-Rahmatullah wa-Barakatuh (Peace and blessings of God be upon you)
SOURCE: AL MARSAD