State Department: Washington In Talks With All Parties Concerned With Libyan Conflict

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On Wednesday, the US State Department announced that Washington was in talks with all parties concerned with the Libyan conflict, including Turkey.

In a statement, US State Department official Geraldine Gassam Griffith said that President Donald Trump made several phone calls this week with countries concerned with the Libyan crisis, including the UAE, France, and Egypt.

This is to attempt to implement a ceasefire and prevent the flow of mercenaries and weapons to Libya.

Griffith added that the United States is seeking to resume political negotiations within the framework of the United Nations and the resolutions of the Berlin Conference.

The oil-rich country has been split since 2014 between two rival administrations based in the east and west.

The eastern government is represented by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) and supports the Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Egypt, the UAE and Russia back the LNA.

The west is represented by the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), which is internationally recognised and backed primarily by Turkey and Qatar.

Turkey has sent thousands of Syrian fighters, including extremists, into Libya to back the GNA. These forces are now on the outskirts of the central city of Sirte, vowing to capture it from LNA forces.