Russia Calls for Immediate Withdrawal of Foreign Fighters from Libya


The Russian representative to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, called on all foreign forces and security companies to leave Libya as a step to stabilize the situation in the war-torn country.

Nebenzia said that Libya suffers from the presence of foreign forces and security companies on its soil, and they must all leave at once to stabilize the North-African country.

In a press conference, the Russian official called for appointing a special envoy to lead and supervise the understandings, especially in light of the imminent departure of the current acting envoy, Stephanie Williams, calling for the need to reach real understandings about who will succeed her in the UN Support Mission in Libya.

On October 26, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the signing of the ceasefire in Libya was thanks to the Russian and Turkish efforts. In his interview with the Athens and Macedonia News Agency, he stated that Moscow and Ankara are continuing to work to bring the positions of the parties to the conflict in Libya closer together in order to start the political settlement process in the country.

Lavrov confirmed that the signing of the Libyan agreement in Geneva is an important step towards resolving the protracted crisis and that it will enable the establishment of a comprehensive and sustainable political dialogue.

The military delegations of Libya’s (5+5) Joint Military Committee (JMC) met face-to-face for the first time in Geneva and signed an agreement on a permanent ceasefire with the military evacuation of the contact lines and the exit of mercenaries within a maximum period of three months.