Libya: Libyan-American agreement to stop militia activity in Libya

The American embassy in Libya said that it held a meeting that included experts from the American government and representatives of the National Accord government, to discuss steps to dismantle armed "militias" in Libya.

The embassy said in a statement published Friday night - Saturday, that it "hosted a meeting of American government experts and representatives of the National Accord government to determine concrete steps to dismantle the militias."

The statement considered that the militia "is one of the main issues underlying the conflict in Libya."

Washington welcomed the "readiness of the National Accord government to address this issue," indicating that it will remain in "close contact with all Libyan partners while they implement measures to displace these groups."

The United States also considered that "long-term stability can only be achieved by ending the conflict and returning to political negotiation, and creating a unified government capable of providing security and preventing terrorists from seeking refuge in Libya."

Since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, Libya has suffered from security chaos and a power struggle.

There are two governments in this oil-rich country, one in the capital, Tripoli, which is the national reconciliation government headed by Fayez al-Sarraj and internationally recognized, and the other in the east of the country and supported by parliament and the "national army", led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

And the forces of the "National Army" have launched since the fourth of last April an attack to control Tripoli, the headquarters of the Al-Wefaq government, and are fighting battles against the forces of the latter.

But the pace of the battles escalated with Haftar's announcement on December 12 that the "decisive battle" would begin and progress toward the "heart of Tripoli".


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