Nepal opts to pull out peace troops from war-torn Libya

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 11, 2019 14:14 hrs

[Nepal], Apr 11 (ANI): The Nepal government is planning to pull out its security troops from war-torn Libya as the condition in the African country worsens.

"Our Nepali troops are currently guarding the United Nations mission in Libya. We have opted to withdraw from there and have already taken forward the procedure to inform the UN as the condition dives down further," Nepal Army Spokesperson Yam Prasad Dhakal told ANI.

With the evacuation of American and Indian troops from Libya last week, Nepali peacekeeping contingent is assigned to safeguard the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Libya's capital Tripoli.

"For now, we have planned to evacuate troops from Libya to Tunisia," Brigadier General Yam Prasad Dhakal, said. However, a date or time period when the Nepali blue helmets would be withdrawn is yet to be announced.

The move of Nepal to withdraw its troops from Libya comes in less than a week after the American and the Indian troops vacated the African nation.

A contingent of 231 Nepali Peacekeepers from the Nepali Army landed on Libya in 2016 and currently, 230 peacekeepers are stationed in Libya whereas one officer from Nepal is currently present in Tunisia as an observer.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Hafter, a military strongman is heading towards the Libyan Capital Tripoli with threats to invade it whereas, the Government of National Accord (GNA) has lined up rebel forces in outskirts of the capital to defend itself.

The oil-rich African nation is now disconnected from air traffic as its only working International Airport was bombarded on April 8, which means only the roadway in and out from the war-ravaged nation is functional. (ANI)