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France welcomes adoption of sanctions against Saleh Badi

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

PARIS – The French Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Monday in which it welcomed  the United Nations Security Council’s adoption of sanctions against Salah Badi, the commander of the Al Somood militia.

“France welcomes the adoption by the United Nations Security Council, at the initiative of France, the United States and the United Kingdom on 16 November, of individual sanctions against Libyan national Salah Badi, who played a leading role in the recent clashes in Tripoli in which many civilians died.” the statement said.

The statement concludes, “France supports all initiatives within the framework of the United Nations mediation that contribute to the stabilization of the country and the holding of democratic elections in the spring, in accordance with the wishes of the Libyans.”

In August and September 2018, Salah Badi played a leading role in heavy clashes in Tripoli in which at least 120 people were killed, most of whom were civilians. Badi, who is also a member of the military council of Misurata, is one of the strongest supporters of the extremist Shura Council of Benghazi, composed of Islamist and jihadist militias, including Ansar al-Sharia, the Libya branch of the al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

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