U.N. calls for all foreign troops to leave Libyan soil

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday urged all member states to respect the full implementation of the Libyan ceasefire agreement signed last October, including the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from the war-torn country.

The internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and Libyan National Army (LNA), led by rebel commander Khalifa Haftar, agreed to a permanent ceasefire in all areas of Libya on Oct.23.

The deal, marked by the U.N. as a "historic achievement”, stipulates all mercenaries and foreign fighters to leave Libya within three months.

However, despite the agreement, foreign troops, including Turkish and Russian forces remain present in Libya.

Welcoming the vote of confidence by Libya’s House of Representatives to endorse the cabinet of a new unified interim Government charged with leading the country up to December elections, the UNSC called its member states to fully comply with the U.N. arms embargo, “as they reaffirmed their strong commitment to the United Nations-facilitated Libyan-led and owned political process, and to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Libya.”

On Friday, Washington also urged all foreign countries including Turkey and Russia to withdraw from Libya.

“The empty logic of military escalation has failed. It is long past time for foreign countries sending mercenaries and weapons that harm innocent Libyans,” U.S. President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said.