Egypt Supports Libya’s Military Calls for Withdrawal of Foreign Forces

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On Monday, Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry urged support for Libya’s 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), to ensure the departure of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the oil-rich country.

The JMC has called for the freezing of all military and security MoU’s signed with foreign countries, “so that the commission can begin the procedures for implementing the exit of all mercenaries, fighters, and foreign forces from the country.”

Algeria is hosting a foreign ministers meeting of Libya’s neighbouring countries, with the aim of supporting a political settlement to end the protracted crisis. The foreign ministers of seven countries are participating, namely Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad, and Niger.

The Egyptian MoFA said in a statement that, Shoukry called for “comprehensive and credible” elections in December 2021, in order to put an end to the extended transitional period, and end divisions.

He also met with the United Nations Special Envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, and discussed ways to intensify efforts towards achieving a comprehensive political settlement to ensure stability and regional security.