The Address | Benghazi – Libya
PARIS – Foreign Minister of the Libyan Interim Government, Abdulhadi Lehwaij, affirmed on Thursday that the Libyan National Army (LNA) does not want to rule the country by force, but it only wants to bring security and stability.
“We want to end the crisis, the war and the divisions,” Lehwaij told The Associated Press in Paris, where he was meeting with members of parliament, officials at the foreign and defense ministries, and business representatives.
“Our goal is not to rule or to establish a military government. We want a civil state based on institutions and human rights. We want a government that the Libyan people choose and we will approve of whatever the people choose,” he said.
Clashes erupted in Tripoli between the LNA and militias of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) after LNA launched a military operation in the capital on April 4. LNA’s operation aims to eliminate militias and terrorist groups that dominated the capital since 2011.
“In clear and simple words, we do not want to rule the Libyan people,” Lehwaij said. “We only want to bring back the state. We want to bring security and stability. We want to control borders. We want Libya not to be a place for terrorists or a hub for migration and human trafficking.”