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UK hails GNA-LNA prisoner exchange as “important step”

TRIPOLI – Britain has hailed the latest exchange of prisoners between Libya’s warring parties as an “important step”.

The Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) exchanged a total of 35 prisoners in the small southwestern town of Shwairif under the auspices of a Joint Military Commission (JMC) set up under a challenging cease-fire agreement, the UN announced on Wednesday.

The two sides completed a first prisoner swap in the same town, 417 kilometers (259 miles) south of the capital Tripoli, late last month.

“The exchange of prisoners is an important step that may help build confidence amongst the sides of the Libyan conflict,” the British Embassy in Libya tweeted on Thursday.

“The UK welcomes this development, which follows an earlier exchange in December.”

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