Cairo announced a ceasefire and withdrawal of foreign troops from Libya

CAIRO, (BM) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Saturday announced the so-called “Cairo initiative” on Libya, providing for a ceasefire in this country from June 8, learned citing Al-Arabiya TV channel.

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The Egyptian leader’s statement came after his meeting with the commander of the Libyan National Army [LNA] Khalifa Haftar, who is fighting the Libyan Government of National Accord [GNA].

According to el-Sisi, the “Cairo initiative” will pave the way to restore normalcy in Libya. The President emphasized that there is no military solution to the crisis in Libya.

He added that the parties to the Libyan conflict will be invited to join the initiative. The President added that in accordance with the terms of the ceasefire, all foreign fighters should be withdrawn from Libya.

In Libya, for a long time, two executive bodies have existed in parallel: Faiz Saraj, sitting in Tripoli, and the temporary cabinet of Abdullah Abdurrahman al-Thani, operating in the east of the country and supported by the LNA. For more than a year, the warring parties have been fighting for Tripoli.

According to Western media, Haftar’s forces are supported by Russia, France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt. On the side of the government in Tripoli, in turn, are Turkey, Qatar and Italy.

In the spring, GNA launched Operation Peace Storm in an effort to end the LNA attacks, which had been trying to take Tripoli for over a year. As a result, this week GNA forces announced that they had completely regained control of the metropolitan area.

Libyan civil war

In Libya, armed clashes are currently taking place between supporters of different leaders. The country is led by the Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Prime Minister Fayez Saraj, the “eastern government” led by Abdullah Abdurrahaman at-Thani.

The eastern government is supported by the commander of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar.

Recall that January 13 in Moscow, negotiations were held between the heads of the Libyan National Army (LNA) Khalif Haftar and the Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Sarraj. Also present were members of the Foreign Ministries of Russia and Turkey.

On the meeting the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has notified Russia about the conditions for continuing negotiations on the signing of a peace agreement in Libya.

According to the requirements of Haftar, the militias operating in Libya are required to surrender weapons in the period from 45 to 90 days. This process should be controlled by a special commission created by the LNA together with the UN

Haftar also refused to recognize Turkey as an intermediary in resolving the situation in Libya, since the Turkish side is not neutral and supports the Government of National Accord (GNA).


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