The Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the United States of America is stepping up pressure on its Middle East allies to expel the Russian Wagner Group from Libya and Sudan.

Joe Biden administration has been working for months with Egypt and the UAE to pressure the military leaders in Libya and Sudan to end their relations with Wagner, the AP news agency said.

It also quoted a Libyan official as saying that “US officials demanded the withdrawal of mercenaries from the oil facilities”, and an Egyptian official as saying that the Director of the CIA, William Burns, and the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, during their recent visit to Cairo, called on El Sisi government to help persuade the military forces in Sudan and Haftar to end their dealings with Wagner.