When will Mercenaries in Libya Leave?


Director of the Moral Guidance Department of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Major General Khaled Al-Mahjoub stated that the 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) may extend the deadline for the exit of foreign mercenaries from Libya. This was scheduled to end within the next few days.

Sources in the JMC revealed that the committee will consider extending the period for an additional 90 days. They claimed out that the exit from some areas required more time.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres called for the start of the withdrawal of foreign elements from Saturday, in a letter submitted to the Security Council a few days ago.

The Acting UN envoy to Libya, Stephanie Williams had earlier warned Libyan politicians against trying to bypass the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), and create a parallel body. William’s stressed that the unauthorized decision by the Government of National Accord (GNA) to establish the Stability Support Authority (SSA), represents a challenge to the legitimacy of the outcomes of the LPDF’s dialogue.

Oil-rich Libya has been marred in chaos since the ouster and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It now has two rival authorities and a multitude of militias vying for control of the country.