The US embassy in Libya said Friday that it had convened a meeting of US government experts and representatives of the Presidential Council's government to determine concrete steps to eliminate militias, one of the fundamental issues underlying the conflict in Libya.
The embassy said in a statement that the US appreciates Presidential Council government's readiness to address this issue and will remain closely engaged with all Libyan partners as they implement measures to dislodge these violent groups.
"These talks come at a time when toxic foreign intervention threatens to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya and escalate the situation into a wider regional conflict." The statement reads.
It adds that the US remains convinced that long-term stability can only be achieved through an end to the conflict, return to political negotiation, and the establishment of a unified government capable of providing security and prosperity to the Libyan people as well as preventing terrorists from finding refuge in Libya.
"These talks should serve as a basis for future discussions among all Libyan parties over ways to reduce the core drivers of the ongoing Libyan conflict and support UN-led negotiations." The embassy remarked.
Meanwhile, the Libyan Interior Ministry welcomed the meeting and reiterated the need to dismantle all illegal armed groups, saying the armed groups threatening the stability and security of Tripoli and terrifying civilians as well as trying to carry a coup on legitimacy are doing some forms of terrorism.
The Interior Ministry stressed that it is committed to the Security Council resolutions that back the Libyan Political Agreement of Skhirat from which the Presidential Council's government was formed and thus is now defending the civilians and state institutions against those who wish to bring back the military rule in Libya.