US vows to use diplomatic leverage to assist Libya in removing mercenaries
The United States ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, has reaffirmed Washington and international community's support for the call of the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah on foreign mercenaries to leave Libya immediately, saying the US would use its diplomatic leverage to help Dbeibah in that regard.
Norland told Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the presence of a myriad of forces close to one another's positions in Libya would be very dangerous, adding that every party would be better off when those forces leave Libya.
Norland also said that the most effective tool to make foreign mercenaries leave Libya would be a democratically elected government that has the full legitimacy and power to regain the country’s sovereignty, adding that this would be the result of December 24 elections.
"Sanctions are still a tool at the international community's disposal against those who continue to violate UN arms embargo in Libya. Now, some foreign forces are starting to pull out of Libya after the military impasse in central Libya has helped revive the political process." Norland added.
He indicated that the US reiterates the call on all foreign forces to leave Libya and that Washington believes that some of Wagner Group forces have withdrawn to allow the House of Representatives to convene in Sirte early this month, a thing that should be considered a first step in implementing the ceasefire agreement, yet any return for the foreign forces would be a backward step.
Norland said the Stabilization in Libya Act bill was submitted to the US House of Representatives and Senate but wasn't yet approved.