US AFRICOM and Embassy: Removal of foreign mercenaries, forces can achieve security in Libya

The Head of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), Michael Langley, met on Tuesday with the Chargé d’Affaires of the US embassy in Libya, Leslie Ordeman, reaffirming the need for political solutions in Libya and the withdrawal of foreign forces, specifically those known for destabilizing activities and human rights abuses.

The US embassy also said on Twitter that the CdA met Langley during the latter’s visit to Tunis, reiterating that the US remained committed to supporting Libya in its efforts to form a civilian-led unified military capable of protecting the country’s sovereignty and long-term stability.

On Monday, Ordman said that the removal of foreign forces, fighters and mercenaries from Libya, and the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of armed groups are essential to avoiding conflict and advancing the political transition process.

In a video statement that was posted on the embassy’s Twitter account, Ordman added that the implementation of those goals would achieve peace, and secure the sovereignty and stability of Libya in the long term, stressing that the US “stands with the Libyan people in their effort that seeks to unify the military institution.”

Ordman said he was happy at Libya’s sending a joint military delegation to the International Air, Defense and Space Exhibition in Tunisia, referring to the visit of the Chief of the General Staff of the Libyan Army, Lieutenant-General Mohammed Al-Haddad, and the Chief of Staff of Khalifa Haftar’s forces, Abdelrazik al-Nathori, to the exhibition that was held last week.

The US CdA also hailed the 5+5 Joint Military Commission’s efforts to boost national reconciliation and consolidate the ceasefire.


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