According to French and Eastern Libyan officials, Khalifa Haftar has reportedly confirmed his readiness to accept and sign a draft ceasefire agreement with Western Libya, assuming the GNA abides as well.
Haftar visited Paris Monday (Mar 9) on the personal invitation of French President Macron. A statement issued by the Elysee informed that so long as the GNA-aligned armed groups commit and uphold the ceasefire, Haftar will as well. A spokesman for Haftar said that Macron reiterated “full support for efforts of Haftar’s forces in fighting terrorism and achieving stability in Libya”.
The two leaders discussed Haftar’s oil blockade and the drop in Libyan oil production. According to the statement issued, the blockade was blamed on foreign intervention.
Haftar also travelled to Berlin where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This was the first time Haftar met with Merkel since the January 19 Berlin Peace Conference. Merkel stressed the importance of reaching a political solution and that a military solution is not possible.
The ceasefire agreement in question was reached last month in the military dialogue track. The draft agreement would allow displaced civilians to return to their homes amidst the truce.