Mike Pompeo

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it is time Libyans and other parties have worked on preventing Russia or any other country from meddling in the internal affairs and sovereignty of Libya for their own gains and benefits.

The US Secretary of State added that putting Libya forward for economic recovery needs securing the oil facilities in the country and ensuring the legitimate National Oil Corporation is in control of them.

He also said that Libya needs now speedy negotiations with good intentions from both parties to consolidate a ceasefire and resume political process under the auspices of the UN.

The US Congress is mulling a bill that incriminates and calls for sanctions against Russian Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin who poses threats to US national security and that of its allies.

The US Congress bill says Russian Wagner Group has supported Khalifa Haftar and his forces by providing mercenaries, artillery, tanks, drones, and ammunition, with Yevgeniy Prigozhin personally attending a meeting between Haftar and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on November 07, 2018.

It added that a United Nations report, made public on May 06, 2020, concluded that Wagner Group had operated up to 1,200 military contractors in Libya, including snipers and specialized military teams, serving as “an effective force multiplier” for Haftar’s forces.