Al-Mangoush: The GNU is Determined that Turkey Withdraws its Forces from Libya – Al Marsad

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Najla Al-Mangoush, told Italian MPs in Rome that dialogue with Turkey has started, and the government was determined to withdraw Turkish forces from Libya along with all other foreign forces.

(LIBYA, 23 APRIL 2021) – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the interim GNU, Najla al-Mangoush, said to Italian MPs during a hearing of the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ Foreign Affairs Committee at the Montecitorio Palace in Rome today, according to a report by Italy’s Adnkronos International news agency: “The Libyan Government of National Unity led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dbaiba began a dialogue with Turkey; I noticed Ankara’s readiness to start talks and negotiations.”


Al-Mangoush added, “But at the same time, we are firm in our intentions, and we asked everyone, including Turkey, for cooperation to get all foreign forces off Libyan soil. Our safe future depends on the withdrawal of foreign forces.”

She said the withdrawal of foreign forces from Libya will not happen in a day, but will be the result of long negotiations. However, she believes that the dialogue with several states involved “gives us hope.”

“For us, sovereignty is the top priority, so stability and security are in order to be able to hold democratic, clean and legal elections,” said al-Mangoush.


And she continued, “We know that it is not a question that can be resolved overnight, but we are confident based on the preparedness that we have observed, and Libya’s peace and security will not be possible without regional and international support.”

She also indicated that Libya’s relations are positive with neighboring countries.


Al-Mangoush emphasised that the GNU’s commitment to fair and transparent elections will not be translated into success if the conditions for security and stability are not met, as she put it.

The minister concluded by demanding that Italy and other countries support the GNU “through the Security Council to conduct the elections”. She said: “We must have a security and stability infrastructure that allows us to look to the future; we have a heavy legacy of war and military remnants, and we need years of work to heal wounds.”