UK Supports Withdrawal of Foreign Forces from Libya


On Monday, British Minister of State for Middle East and North Africa, James Cleverly met with the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Jan Kubis.

Cleverly affirmed his full support for the UN mission “to help the Libyans achieve long-term peace and stability.” He also confirmed the UK’s support for holding the general elections scheduled for 24 December 2021, as well as the withdrawal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries.

Last week, Kubis called on all the Libyan people to rally around the Presidential Council and the Government of National Unity (GNU) as they prepare for elections on 24 December 2021.
He also urged all authorities and institutions to accelerate the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, and work on the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the country.

Libya’s GNU which is led by Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, was appointed in a UN-brokered peace process in February 2021. The government is set to lead the country until general elections at the end of the year.