Egypt's al-Sisi said the week had supported Libya's ceasefire

Egypt's president announces ceasefire to come into effect from Monday after meeting Libya's renegade general Haftar.

Egyptian President el-Sisi has been one of the foremost allies of Khalifa Haftar [File: Reuters]

  • The Egyptian president announced after talks in Cairo that Libya's rebel military commander, Khalifa Haftar, is backing a ceasefire in Libya.

  • This development follows a series of military victories against the United Nations accredited Libyan government (GNA) weekly armies.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told a news conference on Saturday, "This effort calls on all international efforts and programs to be honored by announcing the ceasefire from June 6, 2020, to June 6 [16:00 GMT]."

He spoke with Haftar and his colleague, Eastern Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh.

The L-CC has called for international support for the effort and called on the United Nations to invite Libya's rival regime for talks.

The effort, known as the "Cairo Declaration", called for the withdrawal of "foreign mercenaries from all Libyan territory".

El-Sisi said the statement "calls for the downing of the militia and the surrender of its weapons so that the Libyan national army [led by the Hafters] can carry out its military and security duties and duties".

The Egyptian president said the event had paved the way for an elected presidential council in Libya.

He said this would prevent a "militant militia" from gaining control over the country's resources.

Libya fell into turmoil in 2011 after a rebel was vandalized and killed longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.

It is divided between two rival regimes in the East and the West, with each supporting fighters fighting for power.

Hafta has tried to regain control of the West since last year, fighting the GNA in a scandalous attempt to seize the capital Tripoli.

In recent weeks, their LNA forces have lost significant ground to GNA forces, which are supported by Turkey.

The GNA on Saturday recaptured the strategic city of Bani Walid, the country's northwest corner, from the first LNA.

The latest development comes just a day after the GNA seized Hafar's last bastion in northwestern Libya, Terena, which used to be the main launchpad against Tripoli.

Friday's defeat was hampered by Haftar's 14-month attack to invade Tripoli.

Haftar is supported by Russia, along with Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

Post a Comment