The Nepal Army has said it would like to withdraw its troops deployed as peacekeepers in Libya as the security situation in the war-torn North African country continues to deteriorate.
The Nepal Army, through the Office of the Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations in New York, has informed the UN about its willingness to withdraw its troops.
Brigadier General Yam Dhakal, spokesperson for the Nepal Army, told the Post that because Nepali blue helmets are guarding the headquarters, it will depend on Salamé—on how long he wants to stay there—before the 231-strong Nepali troops return. Only one official, who has been deployed as an observer, is staying in Tunisia while the remaining 230 are in Tripoli.
“Given the deteriorating security situation, we have conveyed our willingness to pull our troops out,” Dhakal told the Post.
The Nepal Army’s decision to evacuate its troops comes after other countries, including the United States and India, withdrew their forces from Tripoli.
As the battle for control of the Libyan capital escalated on Sunday with rival militias trying to stop the forces of General Khalifa Haftar, an aspiring strongman, from taking control of the city, the United States military evacuated its small contingent of troops. India also withdrew its contingent of 15 police personnel serving as peacekeepers from the oil-rich country, saying the situation in Libya had suddenly worsened.
The Nepali troops, under the command of a lieutenant colonel, are one of the first peacekeeping contingents to be deployed in Libya, which has been reeling from violent political turmoil after 2011. Watch Full video coverage right here to get all the details!