The Libyan High Council of State (HCS) has welcomed the liberation of Al-Watiya airbase, saying it was "a poisonous dagger used by Khalifa Haftar's criminal militias to stab Libyans in the back".

The HCS said in a statement Monday, following the seizure of Al-Watiya airbase by the Libyan Army forces under the command of the Government of National Accord, that political dialogue is the only way to resolve the conflict in Libya after defeating the coup agenda of Haftar and his supporters, who are responsible for killing innocent Libyans.

"Those who were lured into fighting by the criminal Haftar have two choices: withdraw and return to defend their country against the aggression or wait to be caught and brought to justice." The statement reads.

Likewise, the Tripoli-based House of Representatives (HoR) hailed the liberation of Al-Watiya airbase from "armed gangs led by war criminal Haftar who is backed by foreign powers".

The HoR added in a statement that the Libyan Army will continue to liberate Libyan cities and vital institutions until it controls the entire country so the displaced people can return to their houses.

The Libyan Army forces under the command of the Government of National Accord (GNA) have seized full control of Al-Watiya airbase in western Libya from Khalifa Haftar’s forces, who have fled the base leaving behind all their military equipment, weapons and ammunition.

The liberation was confirmed by the Presidential Council's announcement, which said that Libyan Army and backup forces have recaptured the airbase from the "criminal militias and terrorists mercenaries of Haftar."

The Presidential Council also hailed the courage of the Libyan Army and backup forces after they had defeated Haftar's forces and pushed out of the strategic airbase in western Libya.