China Calls for Ceasefire and Resumption of Peace Talks in Libya

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On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a video conference with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell in the context of the 10th China-EU High Level Strategic Dialogue.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the two sides exchanged views over enhancing relations between China and the EU.

During the meeting, both sides expressed their support for Egypt’s initiative to settle the Libyan crisis, agreeing that it was in line with the resolutions of the Berlin Conference. They also stressed the need to take advantage of all opportunities that aim to achieve a comprehensive ceasefire in Libya.

This is in reference to the resumption of the 5 + 5 military talks in Geneva, as well as undergoing negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.

On Saturday, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi received Libyan Parliament Speaker Ageela Saleh and Libyan National Army Commander Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar in Cairo. He subsequently announced the “Cairo Declaration”, an initiative to bring an end to the conflict in Libya.

The Cairo Declaration emphasizes the unity, integrity and independence of the Libya and draws upon international efforts, initiatives, and relevant Security Council resolutions. It calls for all parties to commit to a ceasefire beginning 8 June.

The initiative is based on the outcomes of the Berlin Conference, which called for a comprehensive political solution that includes clear implementation steps in the political, security, and economic avenues.