The US and LNA discuss demobilization of militia in Libya

The US government and representatives of the Libyan national army (LNA) held a virtual meeting on July 1 to discuss the issue of demobilizing militias in Libya, the press service of the State Department reports.

“The situation in the area of fighting and progress in the 5+5 talks with the assistance of the UN have created a new opportunity and imperative to address issues related to militias throughout Libya. Following the US policy of active neutrality on Libya, this meeting follows the US contact on the issue of militias with representatives of the Government of national unity last week,” the Ministry said in a statement.

The issue of the militia became relevant after a speech by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who provides political support to the head of the LNA, Khalifa Haftar, who said that Egypt is ready to help the Libyan tribes in the fight against foreign interference, training and arming them. Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Council of tribes of Libya al-Senusi al-Khaliq told that the Libyan tribes began to mobilize their forces even before the Egyptian President declared his readiness to help them.

An international conference on Libya was held in Berlin on January 19 with the participation of Russia, the United States, Turkey, Egypt, and some other countries, as well as the EU and the UN. The primary outcome of the conference was a call by its participants for a ceasefire in Libya and a commitment to refrain from interfering in the conflict, observing the arms embargo on the parties. Also, the participants of the meeting proposed to create a Committee to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

In Libya, the conflict continues between the government of the national accord (GNA) of Fayez Sarraj, which controls Tripoli and territories in the West of the country and is supported by Turkey, and the Libyan national army under the command of Khalifa Haftar, whose political support is provided by Egypt.