Dabaiba: Getting mercenaries out of Libya is an urgent necessity

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Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba stressed the “urgent necessity” to expel foreign mercenaries from his country to achieve security within the framework of a comprehensive plan.

Dabaiba’s statements came during his meeting on Wednesday with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on the sidelines of the Second Berlin Conference, according to a statement by the Libyan Prime Minister’s media office issued Thursday.

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The statement quoted Dabaiba as stressing during the meeting “the urgent need for all foreign mercenaries to leave to ensure national sovereignty over all of the Libyan soil.”

“By cooperating with the United States and immediately regarding the departure of foreign mercenaries, Libya can begin a new phase of becoming a stable and secure democratic success story,” he added.

“The government’s efforts are wide-ranging to prepare Libya for national elections in December,” he said.

Reunification of institutions, provision of basic services, support for the decentralized government, equitable distribution of resources, and the first stages of the long-term reconciliation process.

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The Russian security company Wagner and mercenaries from Sudan and Chad are supporting the militia of retired General Khalifa Haftar.

This has been since its aggression on Tripoli on April 4, 2019, and it has spread to several points in the country despite the announcement of a ceasefire.

On Wednesday, the “Berlin 2” conference on Libya was held in the German capital, with the participation of 15 countries, including Turkey, in addition to 4 international organizations.

In January 2020, Berlin hosted the first edition of the conference with international participation to contribute to a solution to the Libyan conflict, and the conference came up with items, the most prominent of which was reaching a complete ceasefire.

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For months, the oil-rich country has been witnessing a political breakthrough. On March 16, an elected transitional authority, comprising a unity government and a presidential council, assumed its duties to lead the country to parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.