Friday, October 22, 2021

Dbeibeh cites progress toward agreeing exit of mercenaries from Libya

Dbeibeh cites progress toward agreeing exit of mercenaries from Libya

The Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, cited progress toward agreeing on the exit of mercenaries from Libya. “I won’t say they will be out in a month or two,” but they will eventually leave, he said, describing a “very significant decrease” in weaponry brought into Libya.

Holding elections on December 24 is the GNU’s most important task, Dbeibeh said in an interview with Bloomberg.

“International interventions, as well as the interventions of military systems, may create obstacles to the holding of elections, despite all countries officially supporting the vote,” Dbeibah said adding that Libya would not return to war.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is a Libyan citizen and belongs to an important tribe in Libya, and I have no objection to the candidacy of any citizen who has no legal issues, the Prime pointed out.

He explained that he only communicated indirectly with the General Commander of the Libyan Natioanl Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, when his term began to resolve matters including prisoner exchanges, “but Haftar’s recent speeches haven’t been encouraging,” according to Dbeibeh.

The premier doesn’t object to meeting Haftar if the latter “recognizes me as prime minister and defense minister,” he said.

Regarding oil investment, Dbeibah cited “offers from Eni, which is ready to invest $10 billion in various oil fields, as well as Total that has an investment budget in Libya of more than $2 billion.”

The premier said he has not yet looked into changing the National Oil Corporation’s head, Mustafa Sanalla, as the oil minister suggested.

“It may or may not change — everything is possible,” Dbeibah said. There will be personnel “changes, but not in the form the oil minister requested.”