Libya’s Bashagha says he supports removal of foreign fighters

22/6/2022 6:28:00 PM

Libya’s Bashagha says he supports removal of foreign fighters

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Libya ’s Bashagha says he supports removal of foreign fighters

LONDON, June 22 — Libya 's parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha said today his government supported removing all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya ,...

Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 7:32 PM MYTLONDON, June 22 — Libya's parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha said today his government supported removing all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya, guided by a committee set up to safeguard a ceasefire after the 2014-2020 conflict.

In an interview with Reuters in London, where Bashagha is trying to drum up support for his government to take over in Tripoli, the leader said he was a"big supporter" of the 5+5 committee which agreed foreign fighters should be expelled.The 59-year-old said his government in the eastern city of Sirte had begun its work despite Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who was installed as prime minister last year through a UN-backed process, rejecting its move, leading to a standoff.

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Wednesday, 22 Jun 2022 7:32 PM MYT LONDON, June 22 — Libya's parliament-appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha said today his government supported removing all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya, guided by a committee set up to safeguard a ceasefire after the 2014-2020 conflict. In an interview with Reuters in London, where Bashagha is trying to drum up support for his government to take over in Tripoli, the leader said he was a"big supporter" of the 5+5 committee which agreed foreign fighters should be expelled. THE Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had taken enforcement action against more than 1,500 foreign traders and workers at the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market (PBKL) between March and December, 2020, through a “whitening” programme. The 59-year-old said his government in the eastern city of Sirte had begun its work despite Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who was installed as prime minister last year through a UN-backed process, rejecting its move, leading to a standoff. Deputy Minister in the Premier’s Department (Corporate Affairs and Sarawak Public Communication Unit) Abdullah Saidol said the people have raised concerns over unfinished projects that were announced two to three years ago, especially projects in rural areas. Since April, groups in the east have forcibly closed many Libyan oil facilities to demand that Bashagha take power in the capital, blockading much of Libya's oil output and putting new pressure on world energy prices.  “DBKL has worked hard to ensure that foreign nationals no longer work at PBKL. Asked about the presence of the Russian private military contractor Wagner Group in Libya, Bashagha said the group was in Libya but he stood by the 5+5 ceasefire committee, which includes five officers from each side of the 2014-20 conflict, that every foreign force should be out of the country. “The MACC officers told me ‘wouldn’t it be better if my son just followed the current government (Perikatan Nasional) so that my husband and I would no longer be investigated?’ “As a mother, I love my son and know all his sacrifices.

"We support that approach strongly, strongly, strongly," he said via a translator, adding that he did not have any relationship with Moscow and that he would work through the 5+5 committee.  Also present was Kuala Lumpur Mayor Mahadi Che Ngah. The role of the Wagner Group in Africa has been put in the spotlight since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, with fears that it could further destabilise the region. Wagner was brought into Libya to support eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, who was backed by Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in a 2019 offensive against the internationally recognised government in Tripoli.  “To attract locals to work at PBKL, various facilities have been provided, including hostels and contributions made to the Employees Provident Fund,” said Khairul, adding that complaints on the matter are fewer now following stern enforcement by DBKL. That assault was turned back when Turkey brought its own forces into the conflict in support of the Tripoli government. Although Bashagha was interior minister in that Tripoli government, and played a role in orchestrating the fight against Haftar, he is now backed by the same parliament that took Haftar's side in the last war. “This task force has managed to educate wholesalers to adhere to the conditions of their licences and carry out their responsibilities well as this will indirectly open up opportunities and space for city dwellers who have lost their incomes or have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. “I think my son was investigated for not giving support to the current government at that time.

Both Wagner and Turkey have established military bases in Libya and remain there despite a clause in the 2020 ceasefire demanding all foreign forces leave. Ankara and western Libyan factions say the Turkish presence should be exempt because it was brought in through an agreement with the internationally recognised government.  Mahadi said DBKL has improved on the management of PBKL and its infrastructure, introduced wholesaler and worker passes, and installed closed-circuit television cameras during the implementation of the new norm at the market. — Reuters Advertisement .