Libya: Sarraj has signed agreement, Lavrov

But Haftar asked for time until tomorrow morning

13 January, 18:41

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov  (R) leave after a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) leave after a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow

    MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday announced that the premier of the Libyan national-unity government, Fayez al Sarraj, ''has signed the agreement'' while eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar ''has asked for time until tomorrow morning''.

    After addressing reporters to illustrate the conclusion of the ''intense'' day of talks in Moscow, Lavrov said he hoped Haftar ''will decide to sign the document''. Lavrov stressed that the president of the Libyan Parliament based in Tobruk, Aguila Salah, has also asked for more time, until tomorrow, to examine the draft of the accord.

    The president of the Tripoli-based Council of State, Khaled al-Mechri, signed with Sarraj.

    The draft accord negotiated Monday in Moscow provides for the creation of ''working groups on the solution of the situation'' in Libya and the first meeting could already take place ''in January'', RIA Novosti, which was able to view the document, reported on Monday.

    The working groups would be tasked with elaborating the ''conditions for a political solution to the Libyan conflict and for the solution of humanitarian problems and the country's economic reconstruction''.

    Halt to Turkish troops, Moscow supervises truce. Details of Sarraj-Haftar agreement released by Al Arabiya

    Details of an agreement which the prime minister of Libya's national-unity government, Fayez al Sarraj, and eastern Libyan strongman, General Khalifa Haftar are about to sign in Moscow include a halt to the deployment of Turkish troops in Libya, a ceasefire supervised by the United Nations and Russia, the withdrawal of militias and a political solution, according to a report broadcast by Al Arabiya, which quoted its sources.

    According to al Arabiya's sources, some armed militias will lay down their arms; duties and political powers will be distributed between Sarraj's national-unity government (Tripoli) on one side and the Libyan Paliament (Tobruk) and the command of Haftar's forces on the other. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), according to the broadcaster's sources, will pursue the fight against terrorism as its most important task, subsequently in coordination with Sarraj. Also, the LNA will be tasked with overseeing the security of oil and gas installations while ports will be under international supervision.

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