Field Marshal Haftar Welcomes Reopening of Coastal Road; Foreign Forces and Mercenaries Must Leave – Al Marsad

The Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced today, Friday, his support for every step towards reuniting Libyans and breaking barriers between them, declaring his support for reopening the Coastal Road between the east and west of the country. He also said today that there was no way to reach comprehensive peace unless all foreign forces and mercenaries leave Libyan territory without conditions and exceptions.

(LIBYA, 2021) – Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, in a televised speech reported by the Russian Sputnik agency, said: “We support every step towards reuniting the Libyans, breaking barriers between them, and enhancing their confidence in themselves that they are able to overcome the most severe adversities and overcome the most severe difficulties. We announce the response of the General Command of the Libyan National Army (LNA) to what has resulted in the discussions of the 5+5 Joint Military Committee regarding the opening of the coastal road: We congratulate the Libyan people for opening the Coastal Road.”

Haftar added “Achieving a just and comprehensive peace that Libyans aspire to will not be achieved unless all foreign forces and mercenaries leave Libyan lands unconditionally sooner rather than later.”

The Commander-in-Chief of the LNA called on the international community to be well aware that the LNA means what it has repeatedly said: that there is no peace with the occupier, no peace with mercenaries, and no peace unless the arms are in the hands of the state.