Russian, Turkish foreign ministers announce support for Libya ceasefire: report

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ANKARA, TURKEY - AUGUST 14: Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov (L) hold a joint press conference after attending the 10th Ambassadors' Conference in Ankara, Turkey on August 14, 2018. Fatih Aktas / Anadolu Agency

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu during a phone call on Thursday backed an immediate ceasefire in Libya, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

The two diplomats also supported a resumption of the United Nations political process in the North African country, the statement said.

They spoke a day after the Libyan National Army of eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar said it had pulled back from some Tripoli frontlines, calling into question its ability to sustain a year-long offensive aimed at seizing the capital.

Turkey has been backing the UN-recognized Tripoli government in Libya’s civil war, while Moscow supports Haftar’s forces.

Turkish Minute

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