Libya PM urges unity for fractured country

Trioli—The head of Libya’s unity government on Monday urged his countrymen to close ranks to overcome political divisions in a country wracked by the threat of extremists.
Prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj spoke to reporters after a day of UN-hosted talks focused on creating a “unified” army in the oil-rich North African country.
The United Nations brokered late last year a power-sharing deal to form a Government of National Accord (GNA) but the Sarraj government is still struggling to assert its authority.
“We call again on all the children of the country who have not yet joined us to place the nation’s interests before any other consideration,” Sarraj said in Tunis.
On Saturday, the head of the UN’s support mission in Libya, Martin Kobler, said that “all Libya’s problems today are tied up to the security issue”.—Agencies

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