US AFRICOM Commander reviews in Libya exit of mercenaries, fighting terrorism

The Libyan Prime Minister and Defense Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah and the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, both met the Commander of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) General Stephen Townsend in Tripoli on Tuesday.

In separate meetings, the Libyan officials and Townsend discussed removing foreign mercenaries and the presence of foreign forces in the south, in addition to the joint efforts with bordering countries to fight terrorism.

The meetings, attended by the US ambassador and special envoy to Libya Richard Norland, also discussed fighting terrorism in south Libya and agreed to continue strategic cooperation between Libya and the US for the stability of Libya under an elected national government and regional stability without foreign interference.

The US embassy said, after meeting for the AFRICOM delegation with 5+5 Joint Military Commission in Tripoli, it remains committed to facilitating full implementation of the October ceasefire agreement, the full withdrawal of all foreign forces and fighters, as well as the full unification of Libyan military institutions.

“US military cooperation can help Libya improve its ability to remove unexploded ordnance, brought to Libya by foreign actors, and continue toward recovery from conflict.” The embassy said in a tweet.


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