US, Germany see eye to eye on need to remove mercenaries from Libya

Washington and Berlin confirmed that they share a common vision on the Libyan file, emphasizing the need to end foreign interference and remove foreign forces and mercenaries.

This came during a joint press conference held by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his American counterpart Anthony Blinken, prior to the start of the “Berlin 2” conference.

The German Foreign Minister said that they are working to get the mercenaries out of Libya, and to make progress in unifying the military institution.

He added: “Our priorities today are emphasizing the December elections, unifying the security forces on the ground and removing the mercenaries. We have common goals with the United States that we will discuss at the “Berlin 2” conference.”

Maas pointed out that there is an opportunity that was not available before to help Libya progress and achieve stability.

For his part, the US Secretary of State stressed that Washington seeks to work with Germany and the international community to deal with international changes, adding that they share with Germany their vision of a united and sovereign Libya without foreign interference.

Blinken stressed, during his speech, the necessity of holding the December elections on time, establishing a ceasefire and withdrawing mercenaries from Libya.


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