On Thursday, Turkish president Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Putin called for a ceasefire to end the fighting in Libya, to come into effect early Sunday morning (midnight). The two leaders announced this statement after their much anticipated meeting in Turkey.
German foreign minister Heiko Maas warned of Libya becoming a Syrian style civil war and backed the ceasefire calls – encouraging the sides to enter a political process.
Just last week, Turkey authorised a military agreement with Libya’s GNA and began sending troops. Meanwhile, Turkey and the GNA have accused Russia of sending mercenaries, estimated around 2500, to back Haftar’s LNA. Russia has repeatedly denied these claims.
Relatedly, Italian PM Giuseppe Conte met with Haftar in Rome. He was set to meet with the GNA PM al-Serraj, but the latter cancelled that meeting after being misinformed that the Italians asked to meet with Haftar when in Libya.