UK Praises JMC Efforts to Withdraw Foreign Forces from Libya

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British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, James Cleverly praised the efforts made by the 5 + 5 Libyan Military Commission (JMC) in withdrawing all foreign forces from Libya.

“I welcome the efforts made by the Joint Military Commission 5+5 in signing an action plan for the removal of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libya,” Cleverly tweeted.

He added that “this is an important step in the implementation of the Oct 2020 Ceasefire Agreement and UNSCR 2570 & 2571.”

On 8 October, the JMC signed a comprehensive Action Plan for the withdrawal of foreign forces from Libya. This will be the cornerstone for the “gradual, balanced, and sequenced process of the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libyan territory.”

The proposed plan is a nationally owned and led instrument. This is key to regaining Libya’s sovereignty and integrity, and maintain the peace, stability, and security of the country.

Commending the recent breakthrough by the JMC, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Jan Kubis welcomed the signing of the Action Plan. He described it as “another breakthrough achievement by the 5+5 JMC.”

Kubiŝ said, “I am honoured to witness this historic moment at this critical juncture in Libya’s path towards peace and democracy.

The agreement responds to the overwhelming demands of the Libyan people, and creates a positive momentum to move towards a stable and democratic stage. Coupled with the Action Plan, the JMC is developing an implementation mechanism that calls for the gradual, balanced, and sequenced departure of all mercenaries, foreign fighters, and foreign forces. The intent is to consult this plan with international partners, including Libya’s neighbours, and seek their support and cooperation.