Libyan officials discuss unification of the country’s military
Libyan Chief of Staff Muhammad al-Haddad and Head of the Presidential Council Mohammad Younes Menfi discussed the unification of the country’s military institutions at a meeting on Tuesday, according to a statement from the advice.
The meeting focused on establishing a mechanism to unify military institutions, creating an army free from political conflicts and supporting a civilian state structure.
Officials also discussed securing the country’s borders, combating illegal migration and organizing armed groups across Libya.
Selected through a process led by the United Nations, Libya’s new interim government, the Government of National Unity (GNU), was sworn in on March 15, created from two rival political groups that had led the eastern and western regions, thus completing a smooth transition of power. after a decade of violent chaos.
In April 2019, the Libyan coup leader Khalifa Haftar and his forces, backed by Egypt, Russia, France and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), launched an offensive in an attempt to seize the capital, Tripoli. Its 14-month campaign collapsed and Tripoli’s fall was prevented after Turkey stepped up military support for the United Nations-backed government.
The former Libyan defense minister had said that the Turkish army would assist in the restructuring of the Libyan army into a regular army based on the model used for the training of the Azerbaijani army.
The Libyan army is currently an informal amalgamation of militias, tribal soldiers and clans. Turkey and Qatar’s process would standardize training and recruiting and make it an official army.