African Union reiterates need to withdraw foreign mercenaries from Libya

The African Union’s Peace and Security Council has reiterated support for the Libyan people as they move forward to achieve stability and economic prosperity.

In a statement after a meeting on Tuesday, headed by the Algerian Foreign Minister, Sabri Boukadoum, on the situation in Libya, the council said it was ready to back up national reconciliation and support the Libyan government ahead of elections.

The Peace and Security Council renewed the call for the need to fully implement the ceasefire in Libya and remove all foreign forces and mercenaries, in addition to adhering to the UN arms embargo in the country.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the meeting, the Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, said that dispatching a Libyan-led ceasefire monitors’ mission is important for preserving the country’s sovereignty and unity, adding that this includes the implementation of 5+5 Joint Military Commission ceasefire agreement in full, especially the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries and ending arms embargo violations.

Boukadoum said that all efforts on the international and regional levels should align with those of the UN to help the Libyan Government of National Unity achieve its roadmap targets, including discarding the political and military tensions that have been for years fueling the crisis in Libya.


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