During their virtual meeting on Friday, the presidents of France and Russia stressed the need for a ceasefire in Libya and the advancement of a political solution in the country.

Iran PressEurope: During a virtual meeting on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron expressed concern over the continuing conflict in Libya and stressed the need for a ceasefire in the country and resumption of talks to resolve the crisis.

The Russian and French presidents stressed the need to integrate international efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis through diplomacy.

Putin and Macron also stressed that the fight against terrorism in Syria must continue.

Ever since the 2011 revolution that led to the overthrow of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with military intervention by the United States, Nato, and various European and regional countries, Libya has become embroiled in violence and political instability.

The country is currently divided between two rival centers of power, one being the government based in Tripoli, headed by Faiz al-Sarraj, which has been recognized by the United Nations.

The other being the so-called government of Khalifa Haftar, a warlord based in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk.

Haftar is backed by the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and several European countries, but he is not recognized by the United Nations and most of the international community. 207/219

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