The Address | Benghazi – Libya
WASHINGTON DC – The United States on Tuesday condemned all foreign military involvement in Libya, including the use of mercenaries and private military contractors, and said Libyans themselves must rebuild a unified country.
US President Donald Trump had spoken with several world leaders about Libya in past weeks, and it was clear there was “no winning side,” US national security adviser Robert O’Brien said in a statement on Tuesday. He did not name the leaders.
Trump discussed the need to de-escalate the situation in Libya in recent weeks with French President Emmanuel Macron, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, according to White House statements.
It was not immediately clear whether he also discussed the situation with Turkish leaders.
He said efforts by foreign powers to exploit the conflict posed a grave danger to regional stability and global commerce.
He urged all parties to enable Libya’s National Oil Corp to resume its work, with full transparency, and to implement a demilitarized solution for Sirte and al-Jufra, respect the UN arms embargo, and finalize a ceasefire under UN-led talks.