Rejecting the Turkish role; Haftar leaves Moscow without signing a cease-fire agreement

The Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar left, at dawn today, Moscow without signing a cease-fire agreement with the Russian-Turkish government under the auspices, and according to the sources, Haftar refuses any role for Turkey in monitoring the agreement.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said today, Tuesday, that "General Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan army commander, left Moscow without signing a ceasefire agreement."

"General Haftar asked for a deadline from Monday evening until Tuesday morning to consider the agreement that was already signed by Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the government recognized by the United Nations, but he left the Russian capital without signing," said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

The Libyan National Army Commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, and President of the Presidential Council of the Tripoli Government, Fayez al-Sarraj, held Russian-sponsored negotiations in the context of international efforts to contain the Libyan crisis and the ceasefire, on Monday.

The advisor of the Libyan Speaker of Parliament, Hamid al-Safi, announced yesterday evening that the lengthy round of talks in Moscow ended without reaching an agreement.

 Al-Safi stated that the talks were not direct, and no meeting between Haftar and al-Sarraj was held.

The dispute arose primarily over the Turkish role, with the Libyan National Army rejecting any Turkish presence in armistice monitoring operations, and another dispute arose over the issue of withdrawing troops to the barracks.

According to the sources, Haftar insists that the Libyan National Army enter the capital, Tripoli, and demands the withdrawal of all mercenaries who were brought from Syria and Turkey.



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