Sarraj: No Agreement Reached on Unifying Libyan Army

Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya and Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj

The Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez al-Sarraj denied that an agreement had been reached over the unification of the Libyan army.

Allegations had emerged that such a deal was reached during negotiations hosted by Cairo earlier last week and attended by various Libyan officials.

Sarraj’s government denied the claims, adding that the GNA does support the unification of the military “because it will help end the current division.”

It warned, however, of the repercussions of making such “irresponsible” statements, which may have a “negative impact on the negotiations that have been taking place for over a year.”

The GNA stressed that the military should be under the control of the executive civilian authority.

The Libyan National Army, of Khalifa Haftar, also denied claims that the military was being unified.

The LNA had in February announced that an Egypt-sponsored deal to unify the army would soon be signed.