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FOREIGN AFFAIRS – LIBYA AND GENERAL HAFTAR – 8 April 2019

[Mr Speaker: The proud author and owner of a doctorate in strategic studies, Dr Julian Lewis.]

Dr Julian Lewis: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for that introduction.

Which side are our sworn Islamist enemies backing in Libya?

[The Minister for Asia and the Pacific (Mark Field): My right hon. Friend, I know, feels strongly about these matters. They are backing different sides. All sides have, in a quite disparate way, elements of Islamic State or other extremist Islamist groups. This is the nub of the problem. Faustian bargains have been made by most of those who would either be warlords or would run Libya. They are building very unstable coalitions, which I think are very destructive for the reasons he alludes to.]