Libyan Coastal Road Officially Reopened


After more than two years of closure, Libya’s 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) announced on Friday, the immediate reopening of the Coastal Road linking eastern and western Libya.

Khairy Al-Tamimi, a member of the JMC, said that “the Libyan Joint Military Commission assures all citizens using the Coastal Road that it will take all security measures professionally and completely impartially, to ensure the safety of citizens’ passage.”

Al-Tamimi added that the JMC reiterated that it would prevent the movement of military convoys on the road between the Abu-Qrain Gate to the Al-Talatin Gate, west of Sirte.

The JMC announced the assignment of a number of officers to monitor the situation, and called on the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to quickly take measures to ensure the presence of international observers on the ground. This is in order to contribute to supporting the Libyan monitoring mechanism.

It renewed its call for the Government of National Unity (GNU) to accelerate the appointment of a Defense Minister, and also pointed out the start of preparatory measures to remove mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya. It called on all countries to implement the Security Council resolutions related to the expulsion of mercenaries, and the outcomes of both Berlin Conferences.