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Libya’s ceasefire talks kick-start in Moscow under the auspices of Russia and Turkey

Libyan ceasefire agreement talks have kick-started in Moscow in the presence of the Turkish and Russian Defense and Foreign Ministers.

The delegation of the Government of National Accord (GNA) headed by the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj arrived Monday morning in Moscow.

The Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, Foreign Minister Mohammed Sayala and Head of the High Council of State Khalid Al-Mishri are part of the delegation.

The spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said the talks in Moscow will be based on the outcome of Putin-Erdogan understandings that were reached in Istanbul last week.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj has described the ceasefire agreement as a step forward to avoid any more bloodshed in Libya, adding in a telephone speech to Libyans on Alahrar TV that accepting the ceasefire was a way to save the social fabric of the nation.

Al-Sarraj added that the GNA will never let the sacrifices of the martyrs be a subject of negotiations and will do all it can to fulfill the dream of Libyans for a civilian state.

“We’re ready, however; to resume military operations to repel the aggressor in case any violations to the ceasefire take place.” He added.

Al-Sarraj later met with the Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, where he reiterated that the success of the ceasefire is linked to the withdrawal of the aggression forces.

On Sunday, the Presidential Council announced accepting a ceasefire in Tripoli as per the calls of Putin and Erdogan after the spokesman for Haftar’s militias Ahmed Al-Mismari had announced at midnight the start of a ceasefire truce in the western region.

The Putin-Erdogan call for ceasefire came in a meeting on January 08, when they both stressed that the warring parties in Libya should commit to the truce starting on January 12 and then resume the political process.

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