Correspondent in Moscow
Diplomatic activity on Libya looks like an engine experiencing some accelerations and sudden failures. After a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Thursday in Istanbul and a visit by Angela Merkel on Sunday in Moscow, the rival Libyan factions arrived in the Russian capital on Monday for surprise talks. That evening, however, they had failed to seal the cease-fire proposed last week by the Russian and Turkish presidents.
After seven hours of discussions, only Fayez al-Sarraj, who heads the Government of National Unity (GAN) in Tripoli, signed the agreement. His opponent, the strongman of eastern Libya, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, refused to do so. He asked “a little extra time until the morning (from Tuesday, note) “to reflect, said the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, conceding however a ” some progress “ in the negotiations.
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