In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, Libyan militia commander General Khalifa Haftar meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
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Egypt said Tuesday it will host the "reorganization" of Libya's army, currently an eastern-based force led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar.A statement signed by the Egyptian Committee on Libya said that Libyan military officers who met in Cairo recently chose Egypt as a starting point for plans to unify the army.Egypt has backed Haftar in his conflict with the Tripoli government and associated militias.The Egyptian statement said the Libyan officers pledged to maintain Libya's territorial integrity and create a modern and inclusive, civil democratic state based on a peaceful transfer of power.Haftar has modeled himself after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a close ally who led the Egyptian military's overthrow of an elected Islamist president in 2013 amid mass protests that were preceded by a similar campaign.
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