Libyan government: Russia is pressuring Haftar to sign the armistice

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The internationally recognized Libyan “National Accord” government announced that “Russia has informed it that it is exerting pressure on retired Major General Khalifa Haftar to sign the ceasefire agreement.”

This came in a brief statement by the Libyan Foreign Minister, Mohamed Siala, which was published on the official page of the Ministry on Facebook.

Earlier today, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced, through a statement, that retired Major General Khalifa Haftar left the capital Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement, as quoted by “Russia Today” channel.

While the Libyan “218” channel loyal to Haftar, on its website, without referring to its source of information, stated that during the negotiations in Moscow, which took place through separate meetings of the Libyan parties, Prime Minister Al-Wefaq, Al-Sarraj, requested that Haftar’s forces return to their positions prior to the date of 4 April 2019, the day the latter began its attack on the capital, Tripoli.

She added that the government delegation affiliated to Haftar rejected Al-Sarraj’s request, while the Russian side pressed heavily on the Libyan parties to sign the agreement.

Earlier Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the militia of Haftar not to resume its attack on Tripoli.

He stressed, in a speech he delivered in front of his party’s parliamentary bloc in Parliament: “We will not hesitate to teach Hifter the necessary lesson if he continues his aggression against our Libyan brothers and the legitimate government of the country.”

The Turkish president indicated that the “reconciliation” government adopted a constructive and conciliatory stance in the Moscow talks.

Forces loyal to Haftar have been waging a military operation for months since they took control of Tripoli, the headquarters of the internationally recognized “National Accord” government.

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