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Libyan Army Says to Sign Deal to Unify Military Institution Soon

Libyan Army Says to Sign Deal to Unify Military Institution Soon

Friday, 16 February, 2018 - 12:15
Spokesman of Libyan National Army (LNA) Colonel Ahmed al-Mismari gestures during a news conference in Benghazi, Libya. Reuters
Cairo - Khaled Mahmoud

In confirmation of a recent news published by Asharq Al-Awsat, the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, announced Monday evening that the signing of an agreement to unify the Libyan military institution in Cairo will take place soon.

The agreement will be signed under Egyptian auspices, and it will be a stepping stone towards unifying the country’s military.

“The meetings to unify the military establishment will continue Thursday in Cairo to complete the final consultations in particular," Libya's eastern-based Army Spokesman Ahmad Mismari said in a press conference in Benghazi.

"We have agreed on most of the items related to the structure and unification of the military institution in Libya. We agreed on the structure and formation of defense and national security councils and the general command," Mismari said.

Although Mesmari said that the Egyptian-brokered agreement would be signed soon, yet he also confirmed what Asharq Al-Awsat has previously published regarding the presence of some obstacles that still prevent reaching an agreement.

Mismari spoke about what he described as the only obstacle being discussed and is related to ongoing political division, expecting all remaining points to be terminated.

Since October 2017, the Egyptian capital Cairo has hosted four extended meetings for a number of Libyan military officers to unite the national army.

The Egyptian committee on Libya, headed by the Egyptian deputy defense minister General Mohammed al-Kashki, called on all parties later last year to support the unification, restructuring, and organization of the Libyan military establishment.

On the other hand, Mismari urged the media not to broadcast any information related to the movements and operations of the LNA in the eastern city of Darnah, of which has been besieged for months, and the army is now preparing to free it from the grip of terrorist groups.

Notably, the LNA has made sure all upcoming military operations remain secret.

Asharq Al-Awsat, for its part, learned that the unannounced visit by Haftar to Cairo recently tackled these operations because the Egyptian authorities have been seeking to arrest dozens of Egyptian extremists who have been in the city for two years now.

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