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Russia, Turkey see eye to eye on need for lasting ceasefire in Libya

Turkey announced on Wednesday that it had agreed with Russia that the Libyan conflict would not be resolved through military means and that it could only be settled through a UN-facilitated, Libyan-led-and-owned political process.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the two countries would continue joint efforts, including encouraging the Libyan sides to the conflict, to create “conditions for a lasting and sustainable ceasefire.”

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said that in high-level consultations, Ankara and Moscow agreed to facilitate the “advancement of the intra-Libyan political dialogue” in line with the 2020 Berlin Conference on Libya and in coordination with the UN.

The two countries will call on the Libyan parties to take measures for the “safe humanitarian access and delivery of urgent assistance to all those in need” and will “consider” creating a Joint Working Group on Libya, according to the statement.

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