Norland warns against entrenched presence of foreign forces and mercenaries in Libya

Norland warns against entrenched presence of foreign forces and mercenaries in Libya

November 09, 2022 - 20:36
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, has met with the Chief of General Staff of the Libyan Army, Mohammed Al-Haddad in Tripoli.

Norland expressed, according to a tweet by the US embassy, US support for efforts to secure the departure of foreign mercenaries and fighters as well as all foreign forces, and cautioned against their further entrenchment in Libya.

“We discussed promising efforts to form a joint unit as a first step toward reunifying Libyan military forces.” Norland said, referring to the meetings of the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (Government of National Unity and Khalifa Haftar's affiliates)

Norland headed on Tuesday a US delegation participating in the work of the Development Partners Forum, which was held in Tripoli, in the presence of a number of ministers of the Government of National Unity, foreign ambassadors to Libya and representatives of international organizations.

The meeting saw discussions on efforts that aim at holding elections and removing hurdles to the electoral process, in addition to discussing the return of the US embassy to operate in Tripoli.