On March 4, a spokesman of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Brigadier General Ahmad al-Musmari, announced that different parties are set to meet in the Egyptian capital of Cairo soon to discuss the unification of Libyan military forces, according to Erem News.
Over the last few months, Cairo has hosted five similar meetings between representatives of the LNA, the Libyan Government of National Accord (LGNA) and several other Libyan parties.
Brig. Gen. al-Masmari revealed that the sides had agreed during the last meeting in Cairo on March 1 that the General Commander of the LNA, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, will be a top commander of the soon to come unified Libyan military force.
Meanwhile, LGNA president Fayez al-Sarraj stressed during a meeting with the LGNA representatives in the Cairo talks that the unification of the military forces “is an absolutely necessary to secure borders and comforting the challenges facing Libya,” according to the Egyptian newspaper al-Dustour.
The LNA is the biggest military force in Libya. It’s followed by forces of the LGNA, the Libya Shield Force (LSF) and the Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (LROR).
The unification of the military forces in Libya will for sure decrease the level of violence in the war-torn country and may expand the fight against terrorism. However, many observers doubt that the LNA and the LGNA are ready for such a step, as they don’t share the same ideology or goals.