The Pentagon Demands Withdrawal of All Foreign Forces and Mercenaries from Libya – Al Marsad

Following Muslim Brotherhood’s Attack on Al-Mangoush’s statements yesterday, a spokesperson for the US Department of Defense (Pentagon), Naval Commander Jessica McNulty, confirmed that pursuing the political track in Libya requires all parties to adhere to the ceasefire agreement and withdraw all foreign military forces, and all foreign fighters and groups affiliated with foreign parties and mercenaries.

(LIBYA, 24 April 2021) – A spokesperson for the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) said in exclusive statements to Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath that the US continues to support the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), and is seriously tackling the danger arising from terrorist groups in Libya—including ISIS in Libya and Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.

ISIS AND AL-QAEDA ARE DANGER TO THE REGION

She indicated that the groups affiliated with ISIS and al-Qaeda represent a grave danger in the region, and that the US has partnerships in combating terrorism in Libya. The Pentagon spokesperson said the US will continue to work to strike terrorist groups and deprive them of the ability to threaten the US or its interests in the region.

She explained that is was the US administration’s belief that “all groups not participating in the political track led by the US are vulnerable to the influence of bad players such as Russia, as well as extremist ideas.”

WITHDRAWAL OF ALL FOREIGN FORCES AND MERCENARIES

She said US opposes all foreign military activities in Libya, and strongly supports the implementation of the ceasefire announced on 23 October 2020 [the 5+5 Joint Military Commission Agreement], including the Libyan agreement on the immediate withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries.

She added, “We support the October 23 agreement, including the Libyan agreement to withdraw all foreign militants and mercenaries, and we express these positions in our discussions with Turkey.”

The spokeswoman considered that the destabilizing Russian intervention in the Libyan conflict causes special concern to the US as well as to NATO and European interests in the Mediterranean.

She also mentioned that Washington encourages all parties to support diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict peacefully through the United Nations (UN), noting that Egypt has declared its support for the Libyan transitional government and has offered to help increase stability in the region.

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ATTACKS AL-MANGOUSH STATEMENT

It is noteworthy that the statements of the Pentagon spokesperson came after the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Justice and Construction Party (JCP), and its member Khaled al-Mishri, attacked the Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush’s for her statements at the Italian Parliament yesterday in Rome where she said the GNU demanded the withdrawal of all foreign forces, including Turkish forces, from Libyan lands.

Al-Mangoush said the process had already begun with talks with Turkey and other countries, according to the minister’s speech before to the Italian MPs.

 

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)

FURTHER LINKS

Al-Mishri Attacks Al-Mangoush’s Statements on Turkish Forces and Mercenaries Leaving Libyan Soil

Muslim Brotherhood to Al-Mangoush: The Turkish Forces are not Mercenaries

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