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Egypt's Sisi meets Libyan strongman Haftar in Cairo: state media

AFP  |  Cairo 

Egyptian met Sunday with Libyan Khalifa Haftar, whose forces are fighting for control of the capital Tripoli, reported.

They "are discussing the latest developments in Libya" at the presidential palace in Cairo, said.

A did not return AFP's calls for confirmation.

Sisi has been an ardent supporter of Haftar's forces, which control swathes of eastern and launched an offensive on April 4 to take the capital.

Fighting near has killed 121 people and wounded 561, the said on Sunday.

Haftar has defied international calls to halt his battle against fighters loyal to the UN-backed based in

Earlier this month, Egyptian cautioned that the conflict could not be solved militarily.

His remarks came at a press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, who also called for a among all sides in

The Libyan has modelled his political style of authoritarian leadership after Sisi, himself an turned

has provided funding and arms to his Libyan National Army, seeing him as a bulwark against Islamist militants.

Haftar, who was exiled in the for two decades, returned to in 2011 when the revolution erupted, commanding forces that eventually toppled dictator

The oil-rich north African country has been in turmoil ever since with successive weak governments in place and several Islamist militias battling for territorial control.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 18:00 IST