News ID: 271887
Published: 0156 GMT July 22, 2020

Turkey, Russia say seek lasting cease-fire in Libya

Turkey, Russia say seek lasting cease-fire in Libya
Troops loyal to Libya's internationally-recognized government

Turkish and Russian delegations met Wednesday in Turkey's capital Ankara to discuss the war in Libya and agreed to press ahead with efforts for a lasting cease-fire in the North African country, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said.

A joint statement released after the meeting said the sides – who back rival parties in the conflict – had agreed to work together and encourage Libya's opposing factions to create conditions for a lasting and sustainable cease-fire." They also agreed to joint efforts to advance a political dialogue, AP reported.

Turkish-backed forces allied with the UN-supported government in Tripoli, the capital, are mobilizing on the edges Sirte and have vowed to retake the Mediterranean city, along with the inland Al-Jufra Airbase, from rival forces commanded by Khalifa Haftar.

Haftar's forces are based in the east.

The Turkish and Russian delegations will consider creating a joint working group on Libya and were scheduled to hold more consultations in Moscow in the near future,” according to the statement.

The meeting between Turkish and Russian officials came amid heightened tensions between powers supporting the rival factions in the Libyan conflict.

This week, Egypts Parliament authorized the deployment of troops outside of the country in a move that threatened to escalate the spiraling war and bring Egypt and Turkey into a direct confrontation.

Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was later killed.

Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and other foreign powers have provided Haftars forces with critical military assistance. Russia has also emerged as a key supporter of Haftar.


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