France says 300 foreign mercenaries have left eastern Libya

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Some 300 foreign mercenaries have left eastern Libya, France’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, hailing the start of a phased withdrawal of thousands of foreign forces that have fought on both sides of the conflict in the North African country. The move, initially announced in November by Libya’s eastern-backed forces, was intended to stimulate a UN-backed agreement struck between the warring sides in the conflict through a joint military commission. “This first withdrawal has taken place, which constitutes a positive first signal after the Nov. 12 conference,” Foreign ministry spokeswoman An…

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