Egypt and UAE Welcome Resumption of Ceasefire Talks

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On Tuesday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his UAE counterpart, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, welcomed the United Nations’ announcement that Libya’s warring parties have agreed to resume ceasefire talks.

In a joint statement, they called for the opposing sides to abide by the UN-sponsored political process and Berlin Conference.

They emphasized a political solution was the only solution to attain peace in Libya, and maintain its security and unity.

Earlier, the UN announced that the Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Government of the National Accord (GNA) agreed to resume ceasefire talks.

This was to be on the basis of the draft agreement submitted by UNSMIL to the parties during the Joint Military Commission talks (5 + 5) in Geneva.

UNSMIL hopes that the resumption of these talks would mark a return to a calm and humanitarian truce, paving the way for a lasting ceasefire agreement.

This would enable the competent authorities to focus on addressing the repercussions and threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This would facilitate the response of local and international agencies to urgent humanitarian needs.