Tuesday 14 January 2020
Cairo – (agencies):
Today, Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has praised the role of the Libyan National Army commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, in the ceasefire in Libya.
Shoigu said Hifter had shown positive about a ceasefire in Libya, adding that he would discuss the matter with his allies within two days.
“The Libyan talks on the armistice will continue,” Shoigu was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.
For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that the ceasefire in Libya will remain in effect for an indefinite period, according to what “AFP” reported.
The ministry confirmed that the Moscow meeting Monday between the Libyan parties led to “reaching an initial agreement between the competing parties to maintain the cessation of hostilities and extend it for an indefinite period.”
According to “AFP”, on Tuesday, that Field Marshal Hifter left Moscow without signing the ceasefire agreement.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it will continue to work with the parties to the crisis in Libya to reach an agreement, according to “TASS” agency.
Sources told “Sky News Arabia” that the Moscow negotiations between the two Libyan delegations ended without reaching an agreement, with wide discrepancies that had emerged around the terms of the armistice stabilization document.
This comes, in conjunction with the attack of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Tuesday, against what he described as “haters of Turkey in Libya”, and Haftor vowed, after the latter refused to sign a ceasefire in the country after talks led by Russia and Turkey in Moscow yesterday. .
“We will not hesitate to teach Haftar the necessary lesson,” if the commander of the national army continues his military actions against the armed militias in Tripoli and some cities in western Libya, “Anatolia news agency quoted Erdogan as saying.
The Turkish parliament had agreed to send Turkish troops to Libya earlier.
Erdogan said: “Those who ask about the reason for the presence of Turkey in Libya, are ignorant of politics and history. If Turkey had not interfered, Haftar would have taken over the whole country.”
The Turkish president justified his stances in Libya, saying: We cannot remain idle …. and at the same time they show their hatred towards Turkey.
Erdogan claimed that Hifter initially agreed to the ceasefire and then fled from Moscow. And this is despite Moscow’s announcement that Hifter asked for a deadline to respond, while Turkey-backed Serag signed the agreement directly.
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Moscow talks “did not reach a final result”, but he said that Russia and Turkey intend to continue efforts in this direction.