Arab Parliament Demands Mercenaries Withdraw from Libya

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On Thursday, Speaker of the Arab Parliament, Adel bin Abdel-Rahman Al-Asumi, called for the departure of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.

This came during a meeting with a Libyan parliamentarian delegation, headed by the First Deputy Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Fawzi Al-Nuiri.

Al-Asumi affirmed the Arab Parliament’s full support for the unity and sovereignty of Libya.
He also reiterated the Arab Parliament’s keenness to strengthen communication with the Libyan Parliament, and support a resolution to the crisis.

Notably, Turkey has been accused of transferring Syrian mercenaries to Libya. In April, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Turkish government sent a new batch of 380 Syrian mercenaries to the country.

“There are still more than 6,630 mercenaries in Libya, amid Turkish intentions to keep groups of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters in Libya to protect their interests,” the SOHR noted.

In August, Libyan Foreign Minister, Najla Al-Mangoush and her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov called for the gradual and synchronized withdrawal of foreign troops from Libya.

During a joint press conference in Moscow, Al-Mangoush stressed that the withdrawal should be synchronized from the two sides to “ensure a balance on the ground.”

During a joint press conference in Moscow, Al-Mangoush stressed that the withdrawal should take place in stages, in a simultaneous manner by both parties, and also in a practical and specific way. “We do not want to repeat the unsuccessful lessons in the neighbouring countries, because the withdrawal must take place in accordance with the law, and it must be deliberated and phased,” she said.

Earlier this month, Earlier this month, The Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), Rami Abdel-Rahman stated that members of the Al-Hamza militia held demonstrations at a Turkish-run military base in Libya, to protest their conditions and the reduction of their salaries to $300 USD. He added that these fighters demanded their leaders pay then $1,000 USD, and return them to Syria. The Director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), stated that members of the Al-Hamza militia held demonstrations at a Turkish-run military base in Libya, to protest their conditions and the reduction of their salaries to $300 USD. He added that these fighters demanded their leaders pay then $1,000 USD, and return them to Syria.

He pointed out that about 7,000 Syrian mercenaries are still in Libya, noting that “Abu Amsha” sends jihadist groups from Syria to Libya, in exchange for money. Read more here