Dbehiba: The unification of the Libyan army continues to be a challenge despite our contact with Haftar

Libyan Prime Minister recognizes the challenge in uniting the country's military forces and states that there is continued communication with Haftar

The Prime Minister committed to turning Libya’s national elections into a reality. [Photo: GNU]
Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbehiba recognized Saturday the difficulty of integrating his country’s army, despite reaching out to Khalifa Haftar, as the unity remains a challenge.

Local media stated this week that it would be “extremely difficult to unite the Libyan army” in an interview with Reuters.

He continued, saying: “Of sure, there is communication with Haftar. It’s not going to be easy.”

He promised to hold parliamentary and presidential elections by the scheduled date of December 24, but warned against “certain members of the Legislative Council (who he did not name) holding on to power.”

He had not chosen whether or not to run for office when his interim term expired.

He expressed his support to any arrangement that would expedite the removal of mercenaries and foreign fighters from Libya.

Following a meeting to discuss developments in Libya on Thursday, the Security Council urged all Council members, Libyan parties, and relevant actors to respect and assist the implementation of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of mercenaries.

During the conference, Jan Kubis, the UN Special Envoy for Libya, stated that Haftar militias in the east had refused to enable the Government of National Unity to take control of the region.

Dbeibah made it clear during his participation in the Security Council that the future of Libya would not allow for war, bloodshed, or the presence of foreign powers or mercenaries.

In his statement, the Head of Government committed to working to make the elections a reality and to assist Libya’s progress, emphasizing that he would not let anything stand in the way of fulfilling the Libyan people’s will.

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