Libyan General Staff releases details on military meeting in Sirte

Libyan General Staff releases details on military meeting in Sirte

December 13, 2021 - 17:52
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The General Staff of the Libyan Army has unveiled the main features of the Sirte meeting that brought together the Chief of Staff Muhammad Al-Haddad with the commander of Haftar's forces, Abdel Razek Al-Nadori, on Saturday.

It's the first time the two sides get engaged in talks at this level.

"The friendly consultive meeting centered on seven main themes," the General Staff said in a statement Sunday.

The meeting's outcomes underlined that shedding the Libyan blood and internal strife is prohibited. It also stressed the importance of respecting the territorial integrity of the homeland and covered border security issues, combating illegal immigration and organized crime.

"The army's mission is to protect the homeland, the citizen, and the constitution, with no militarization of state and no politicization of the military institution."

Both agreed to support efforts to establish a civil state and develop a comprehensive plan to organize the militants and armed formations.

It also stipulated the formation of joint committees to set up an organized mechanism for unifying the military institution away from political strife.

The 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) had held meetings in Turkey and Russia to discuss the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya.

In November, the JMC met in Tunisia with representatives of the African Union, led by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, besides the Special Envoy of the United States Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland.