GCC Secretary-General Welcomes Ceasefire Announcement in Libya

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Secretary-General of Gulf Cooperation Council for the Arab States (GCC) Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf welcomed the statements, issued by the Presidential Council of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) and Libya’s Parliament, announcing an immediate ceasefire and stop to all combat operations throughout Libya.

Al-Hajraf called on all Libyan parties to commit to this constructive step and directly engage in the political dialogue.

He also encouraged working through the United Nations’ mediation to achieve a lasting and comprehensive solution to put an end to infighting and conflict in Libya as a way to achieve security and stability for the brotherly Libyan people.

The GNA, which is based in the west of the country, announced on Friday morning a ceasefire across the country. It also called for the demilitarisation of the contested strategic cities of Sirte and Al-Jufrah, which are controlled by the Libyan National Army.

In a separate statement, Ageela Saleh also called for a ceasefire. Both administrations called for an end to the oil blockade imposed earlier this year. The Tripoli-based government also called for parliamentary and presidential elections to be held in March.