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Moscow: We will continue to work with the parties to the conflict in Libya

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Russia confirmed on Tuesday that it will continue to work with the parties to the conflict in Libya to reach a settlement.

This came in a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry, during which it announced that the retired Major General Khalifa Haftar left the capital Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement, as quoted by “Russia Today” channel.

The statement added that a day after talks between representatives of the Libyan National Accord government and the government of Haftar, and with the participation of representatives of Russia and Turkey, “Moscow affirms that it will continue to work with the parties to the conflict in Libya to reach a settlement.”

Pro-Haftar’s Libyan “218” channel reported, on its website, that the latter left Moscow after negotiations with the delegation of the internationally recognized “National Accord” government faltered, under Turkish-Russian sponsorship.

Also, media advisor to the head of the Tobruk Parliament, Abdel Hamid Al-Safi, told press releases that the head of the council, Aqeela Saleh, and his accompanying delegation had left the Russian capital on Tuesday, without signing the agreement, according to the same source.

While Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, in press statements earlier Monday, that both the Prime Minister of the reconciliation government, Faiz al-Sarraj, and the head of the Libyan Supreme State Council, Khaled al-Mashri, signed a draft ceasefire, while Haftar’s delegation requested a deadline until Tuesday.

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

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.

A truce between the two sides began at midnight on Sunday, but each side accused the other of breaching it. Al-Sarraj and Haftar were supposed to sign the terms of the Moscow ceasefire agreement.

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