Libyan rivals to meet in Moscow to sign ceasefire deal
The leaders of the warring sides in Libya will meet in Moscow on Monday in order to sign a ceasefire agreement, a Libyan official said.
Iran Press/ Africa: The head of Libya's UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj and his rival, strongman Khalifa Haftar, were expected to sign a ceasefire agreement in Moscow on Monday, a senior Libyan official said.
Meanwhile, in a short televised speech on Monday, al-Sarraj called on Libyans to "turn the page on the past".
"I call on all Libyans to turn the page on the past, reject discord and to close ranks to move towards stability and peace," he said.
Speaking in Rome after meetings with Italy's premier, Sarraj had earlier welcomed the Turkish-Russian initiative but said any ceasefire would be conditional on the withdrawal of Haftar's forces.
The signing of the agreement will pave the way for the revival of the political process, said Libya's head of High Council of State Khaled al-Mechri on the country's al-Ahrar TV channel.
The truce that began Sunday seemed to be holding even as immediate reports of violations by both sides raised concerns.
The truce, proposed by Russia and Turkey, could be the first break in fighting in months, and the first brokered by international players.
It came as Libya's civil war was on the brink of a major escalation. Different foreign countries back Libya's two rival governments, and these outside players have recently been stepping up their involvement in the oil-rich nation's conflict.
Meanwhile, the east-based forces led by ex-general Khalifa Haftar said '' random'' projectiles were also fired at their front lines, according to a top commander. He said the attacks weren't large enough to warrant a response.
Libya is governed by dueling authorities, one based in the east and the other in the west in Tripoli. Each relies on different militias for support. Both sides have different stipulations in order to halt the wider conflict.
The Tripoli government wants Haftar's forces to end their siege of the capital. Haftar has been dug in along the city's southern reaches since April, but his forces have made significant advances in recent weeks. Haftar and his allies want to dissolve the militias fighting to hold Tripoli.