Libya's Foreign Minister, European counterparts agree on removal of mercenaries

Libya's Foreign Minister, European counterparts agree on removal of mercenaries

March 25, 2021 - 20:05
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Foreign Minister, Najla Al-Mangoush, reiterated Thursday that she and her French, German and Italian counterparts had agreed on the need to remove all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.

Al-Mangoush’s remarks came in a press conference in Tripoli with the German foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, and the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, after they had arrived in the Libyan capital to show support for the Government of National Unity (GNU).

The Libyan Foreign Minister said she had discussed with her European counterparts facilitating the visa requirements and procedures for Libyans to European countries from inside Libya, saying it was very important to speed up the reopening of their countries' embassies and consulates in Libya.

"Libya's stability in the region will reflect positively on the neighboring countries, including Europe. Libyan sovereignty is the Foreign Ministry's strategy and is not up for negotiations". She added.

Meanwhile, the German Foreign Minister indicated that the removal of foreign mercenaries from Libya is a major condition for Libya to move into holding general elections next December, adding that the European Union will continue to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire in Libya.

Maas said Libyans' will and the tracks of Berlin Conference's results helped bring about change in Libya, adding that this visit to Tripoli proves willingness to support the GNU.

The French Foreign Minister indicated at the press conference that Paris "urges for the departure of all mercenaries from Libya," calling for the reopening of the coastal road that connects east and west Libya, and said his country supports the unity, sovereignty and stability of Libya.

While the Italian Foreign Minister remarked that his country was very gald to hear about the reopening of oil exports from Libya and the work of the GNU on the urgent matters in the country, saying that Rome would continue to monitor the ceasefire agreement implementation and arms embargo in Libya.