Monday, May 20

British Defense Official: Foreign Troops, Mercenaries Need to Leave Libya

Tripoli_ Meeting the President of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Menfi, in Tripoli on Thursday, the UK Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace said it is necessary that mercenaries and foreign fighters leave all Libyan territories, stressing that Britain fully support the rehabilitation of the Libyan army, the Libyan News Agency reported.

Mr. Wallace was accompanied during his visit to Tripoli by the Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa at the British Foreign Office, James Cleverly, and a high-level delegation.

The delegation praised the role has been played by Mr. Menfi in unifying the country, unifying the institutions and his dedication to holding the general elections on 24 December.

For his part, Mr. Menfi valued Britain’s role in pushing the political process in Libya forward. He said the British and the international community’s cooperate and support for the government of national unity is much appreciated.

This support is much needed today for the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee, opening the coastal road, removing mercenaries and foreign fighters, unifying institutions and achieving national reconciliation, he added.

On his part, Mr. James Cleverly tweeted that his meeting on Wednesday with Libya’s Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush was “really positive meeting”. “We spoke about support to Libya’s peace process as well as implementing the ceasefire agreement and getting to elections in December,” Cleverly added.

He also said that in his two-day visit to Libya he met a wide range of politicians and activists “working for more secure and prosperous future for the Libyan people”.

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