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Libya’s renegade commander Khalifa Haftar has promised to respect a cease-fire initiative by Turkey and Russia, following his meeting with German foreign minister in Benghazi on Thursday.
Axar.az reports citing Turkish media.
In a Twitter post, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Haftar has accepted German government’s invitation to attend Libya peace conference in Berlin on Sunday.
“General Haftar has signaled his readiness to contribute to the success of the Libya Conference in Berlin and is willing to participate. He has repeated his commitment to observe the existing cease-fire,” he said.
Germany seeks to bring countries concerned with the Libyan issue at the Berlin Conference in an attempt to reach a permanent cease-fire and to pave the way for a political solution to the conflict.
On Jan. 12, the warring sides of the Libyan conflict announced a cease-fire in response to a joint call by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
But talks for a permanent cease-fire deal ended without an agreement on Monday after Haftar left Moscow demanding two days to consult with local Libyan tribes for their approval, while the head of Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj signed the cease-fire deal.
2020.01.16 / 20:32