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US Stresses Importance of Holding Elections in Libya to Boost Sovereignty

US Stresses Importance of Holding Elections in Libya to Boost Sovereignty

Friday, 16 April, 2021 - 10:45
Libyans call for intensifying the security presence at the border after the incursion of armed groups from Libya into Chad. Reuters

The US Embassy in Libya highlighted in a statement Wednesday the need for a unified Libya with control over its borders.

“We will continue to engage Libyan and international stakeholders to support the political process culminating in December elections that will help consolidate a sovereign and secure Libya free from foreign interference in the interest of regional stability and the security of Libya’s neighbors,” the statement read.

The US embassy in Chad had earlier issued a security alert following media reports indicating incursion of armed groups into Chad from Libya and possible confrontations with the Chadian Army.

Heavily armed vehicles crossed the border from Libya and attacked the border post at Zouarké on Sunday.

The Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), a paramilitary group founded by dissident army officers in 2016, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, the foreign affairs committee of Libya’s House of Representatives considered Chad’s security and stability a priority for Libyan authorities.

It expressed its full solidarity with Chad in facing the destabilizing attempts by armed groups that attacked several vital sites in the north of the country.

The committee also called on Libyan authorities to intensify security measures on the border with Chad to prevent any violations, and expressed deep concern that extremist groups would take advantage of the current circumstances to carry out criminal acts.

It further emphasized that the situation in southern Libyan should be a priority for the unity government headed by PM Abdelhamid Dbeibeh, noting that it should intensify its efforts to attain stability and development.

Earlier this week, the Chadian army announced that its air force has been chasing gunmen who managed to infiltrate the northern parts of the country from Libya.

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