Sarraj Pledges to Halt Mercenary Attacks in South Libya

Sarraj Pledges to Halt Mercenary Attacks in South Libya

Friday, 19 October, 2018 - 08:00
Sarraj speaks in Rome on July 26, 2017. Andreas Solaro / AFP
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Head of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj has pledged to take “strict measures against mercenaries and gangs” reaching the country’s south from abroad.

The security situation in south Libya have topped the agenda of talks between Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar and Chad President Idriss Deby in N'Djamena.

The website of Chad’s presidency revealed Wednesday about surprise talks between Haftar and Deby, saying discussions focused on the security situation in Libya’s south and the country’s political situation in general.

No statement was issued on the details of the meeting, which was the second between them in Chad’s capital in less than two months.

The meeting’s announcement came as the Libyan parliament decried the Chadian opposition’s violation of Libyan sovereignty after entering the country’s southern regions and carrying out kidnappings, looting, and murders.

In its statement, the parliament said several people were killed by the Chad opposition forces although it did not provide any numbers.

According to AFP, a number of analysts affirmed that regions of south Libya and east Sudan are witnessing the proliferation of several armed insurgent groups from Chad.

So the Sarraj government pledged to take strict measures against what it termed as “mercenaries” infiltrating the border. 

On Wednesday, Sarraj concluded his surprise visit to the coastal city of Sirte accompanied by a number of GNA officials.

During his visit, he pledged to find solutions for challenges facing by Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous forces, which are loyal to him.

He also promised to provide urgent services for Sirte and to launch a program of reconstruction for the city.

Furthermore, Ali Al-Issawi was appointed as the new minister of economy in the GNA.

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