US Condemns Foreign Military Involvement in Libya

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In a statement, the United States condemned all foreign military involvement in Libya, including the use of mercenaries and private armed contractors by both sides of the conflict. The statement added that Libyans themselves must reconstruct a unified country.

“The ongoing efforts of foreign powers to exploit the conflict in Libya poses a dangerous threat to regional stability and global commerce. Escalation will only deepen and prolong the conflict. These efforts undermine the collective security interests of the United States, and of our allies and partners in the Mediterranean region”, the statement said.

It also informed that “President Trump has spoken with several world leaders about Libya, and it is clear there is no ‘winning’ side”.

As an active, but neutral, actor, the United States seeks diplomatic engagement with Libyan and external stakeholders. “To that end, we urge all parties – both those responsible for the current escalation and those working to end it – to enable the National Oil Corporation to resume its vital work, with full transparency”, the statement said.

The US called to implement a demilitarised solution for Sirte and Al-Jufra, respect the UN arms embargo, and finalise a ceasefire under the UN-led 5+5 military talks.

Libya descended into chaos after the NATO-backed overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Since 2014, the country has been split, with two rival governments in the east and west, with a myriad of militias vying for control.