Brig. Mahmoud Al-Zigal has officially announced the establishment of the Libyan National Guard (LNG) on Thursday.

In a press conference in Tripoli, Chief of LNG, Brig. Mahmoud Al-Zigal said the LNG is not linked to any political party and would operate away from regional, tribal and political disputes.

He said the LNG would continue fighting the remnants of ISIS group until it eradicates them from all Libyan cities and towns.

Most of the armed brigades under the Libyan National Guard took part in Sirte battle against ISIS.

“The LNG will stand against all criminal and terrorist acts and it will provide support to all state institutions and protect them from coup attempts and terrorist acts,” Al-Zigal pointed out.

He indicated that the LNG would also protect Libya’s sea and land borders and strategic and vital installations.

“We will provide all support to build a Libyan army based on technical standards, an army that is not involved in the political disputes,” he remarked.

He added that the LNG would also fight the illegal immigration and spread of arms in the country, in addition to protection of foreign embassies and diplomatic missions.

He called on all Libyans to cooperate with LNG to bring peace and stability to the country again.

The Libyan National Guard was formed by the General National Congress in 2015. Military sources close to LNG confirmed that the new established force would not operate under the Salvation Government.