Meeting for peace in Libya starts in Moscow

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (3-L), Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar (2-L), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (4-R) and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (3-R) attend talks in Moscow, Russia, 13 January 2020. Foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey met as part of an effort by Moscow and Ankara to sponsor talks between rival parties in Libya, in the Russian capital. EPA-EFE/PAVEL GOLOVKIN POOL

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The Russian capital Moscow is hosting a series of negotiations on Monday to find a solution the Libya crisis.

The top diplomats and defense chiefs of Russia and Turkey gathered in the Russian capital to assist the talks between Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s UN-recognized government in Tripoli, and Khalifa Haftar, eastern Libya-based military commander.

The meeting has started with the talks of Russian and Turkish sides, Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told reporters.

The hosting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu will address the conflicts in Libya and Syria with their Turkish counterparts Mevlut Cavusoglu and Hulusi Akar, she said.

She also confirmed that al-Sarraj and Haftar arrived in Moscow, whom Russian and Turkish officials meet with.

“In the context of the implementation of the initiative of the presidents of Russia and Turkey, which was announced at the end of the summit in Istanbul [last week], today in Moscow will be held inter-Libyan contacts under the auspices of the foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey. Sarraj, Haftar and representatives of other Libyan parties are expected to participate in these contacts,” she said.

On Jan. 12, the warring sides of the Libyan conflict announced a cease-fire in response to the call of Russian and Turkish presidents.

Lev Dengov, the head of the Russian contact group on Libya, said the warring factions would discuss “the possibility of signing a truce and the details of such a document,” Interfax reported.


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