Turkey, Russia call for ceasefire in Libya on January 12

Reuters | Published: January 08, 2020 21:54:06 | Updated: January 16, 2020 11:22:45

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan shaking hands with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on Wednesday. -Reuters Photo

Turkey and Russia on Wednesday called on all parties in Libya to stop hostilities and declare a ceasefire at midnight on January 12.

The two countries made the statement after talks between presidents Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin in Istanbul.

In a joint statement, Turkey and Russia called on parties in Libya to “declare a sustainable ceasefire, supported by the necessary measures to be taken for stabilising the situation on the ground and normalising daily life in Tripoli and other cities.”

Turkey has backed Fayez al-Serraj’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), while Russia has sent forces to back General Khalifa Haftar’s opposing forces to the east. Ankara has said it will send troops to Libya upon the GNA’s request.

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