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Mercenaries must leave first for reopening coastal road, Baytelmal says

The Commander of the Libyan Army’s Sirte-Jufra Operations Room, Major General Ibrahim Baytelmal, said the room is ready to follow the instructions of the Presidential Council about repositioning to reopen the coastal road only after the agreed upon terms of the ceasefire agreement are implemented in full, especially the withdrawal of all mercenaries and foreign forces.

Speaking to Libya Alahrar TV on Wednesday, Baytelmal said it was important to implement the 5+5 Joint Military Commission’s understandings by the two sides of the ceasefire agreement – referring to Khalifa Haftar’s militias – adding that the order of the Presidential Council for repositioning wasn’t clear enough.

Baytelmal said the room would report to the Presidential Council about this issue after a meeting by the 5+5 Joint Military Commission to discuss the ceasefire implementation in full, especially the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries and forces.

The Libyan Presidential Council – the Chief Commander of the Libyan Army – called on Sirte-Jufra Operations Room to reposition its forces immediately to make way for the reopening of the coastal road and facilitate the transportation medium of citizens.

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