EU hails 'important and positive' Libya ceasefire deal

By: AFP      Published: 11:40 PM, 21 Aug, 2020
EU hails 'important and positive' Libya ceasefire deal
In this file photo taken on May 29, 2018 (L to R) Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, speaker of the eastern-based parliament Aguila Saleh Issa, and head of the Tripoli-based UN-recognised unity government Fayez al-Sarraj, attend an International Congress on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Libya's warring rival governments announced in separate statements signed by Sarraj, Saleh and Haftar on August 21, that they would cease all hostilities and organise nationwide elections soon, an understanding swiftly welcomed by the United Nations.–File photo

The European Union's diplomatic chief Josep Borrell praised Libya's ceasefire agreement as "important and positive" and called on all factions in the North Africa state to keep their commitments.

"Important and positive news coming from #Libya on a ceasefire and the resumption of a political process," Borrell tweeted. "Crucial now that all parties stand by their statements. All Libyans deserve a political solution and a return to stability and peace."

Libya's warring rival factions announced on Friday that they would cease all hostilities and organise elections, a move widely welcomed by the UN and several countries.