Kubis: We aim to achieve gradual and balanced exit of all mercenaries from Libya

The UN envoy to Libya, Jan Kubis, confirmed that the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) intends to develop a plan and mechanism to implement a gradual, balanced and sequential exit of all mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces, through consultations and negotiations with Libya’s neighboring countries and the rest of the international partners.

Kubis added, during his speech at the Cairo meeting, which included the JMC representatives of Libya’s southern neighbors, the ongoing meetings and consultations are only the first steps on the road to preparing a concrete implementation plan for the withdrawal of all mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces from Libya, which is also important in light of the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.

Kubis stressed that the action plan is a Libyan plan approved by the JMC and enjoys the support of the Libyan authorities; adding that it is also a plan led and nationally owned, carrying tangible ideas and determinants of implementation.

He praised what he called the tireless efforts of the JMC to implement the ceasefire agreement, starting with maintaining its continuity, opening the airspace, exchanging detainees, making a joint effort to secure the man-made river, and opening the coastal road.

Kubis expressed his appreciation for the willingness of the representatives of Chad, Niger and Sudan to work with the 5+5 JMC on the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya, in a way that does not affect the stability of the situation in their countries, and in the region.

It is worth noting that Cairo hosted Saturday a meeting of the JMC with representatives of the countries of Sudan, Chad and Niger, from which the nationalities of the members of the armed formations stationed in the south of the country, in an effort to agree on a plan to expel and evacuate them from the country.

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