Representatives from Libya’s rival administrations have held a meeting hosted by Morocco to discuss peace and stability in the conflict-ridden country in the wake of a recently announced surprise ceasefire to halt protracted hostilities.
A United Nations (UN) official has warned of “blatant” violations of the arms embargo on conflict-ridden Libya, where warring sides have been receiving direct and indirect support from foreign patrons.
A loud explosion has been reported in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, with residents saying the blast was heard throughout the city and a dark cloud of smoke being visible in the sky.
Libyan rebels led by renegade General Khalifa Haftar have rejected a ceasefire announcement by the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli.
Libya’s internationally-recognized government has announced a nationwide ceasefire and called for demilitarization in the strategic city of Sirte, which is held by strongman Khalifa Haftar’s rebels.
A war of words has escalated between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over Libya, where the two states support opposing sides in the African country’s long-running conflict.
Turkey has warned that Egypt would embark on a “dangerous adventure” if it went ahead with a plan to deploy troops in the North African country.
Russia and Turkey have agreed to work harder for a sustainable ceasefire in Libya in coordination with the United Nations.
France, Germany and Italy have threatened to impose sanctions against countries that are violating a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on conflict-torn Libya.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Egypt is taking “illegal” action in Libya by supporting the rebels there.