The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – France’s Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who visited Libya on Monday, hailed the “significant progress” made by the Libyan National Army (LNA) against terrorists, criminal militias and Chadian armed rebel groups in Libya’s southern region.
“Significant progress has been made in the south of the country against terrorist groups, criminal organizations and foreign armed gangs that have long maintained instability in the region,” said Le Drian to reporters following his meeting with Head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj.
Launched in mid January in response to calls made by the region’s residents, LNA’s operation, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, in the south has proven to be effective and successful.
Many senior terrorist fighters of ISIS and al-Qaeda were eliminated. Several Chadian armed rebels were either killed or arrested. The security situation in the region has notably recovered ever since, with Sabha’s Security Directorate resuming its work for the first time in five years.