The declaration of a ceasefire in Libya, which was reached on Friday in Geneva, was widely welcomed by the Arab countries and international community. Many countries have stressed that it is a “serious step towards peace,” and called on all parties to abide by the ceasefire.
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, welcomed the agreement and considered it “a fundamental step toward peace & stability.”
Egypt also welcomed the permanent ceasefire agreement in Libya. It stressed that the success achieved in Geneva came as a continuation of the first direct meeting it hosted in Hurghada at the end of last September.
In turn, Germany – which is acting as a mediator in the search for a political settlement to the conflict in Libya – described the ceasefire agreement as “the first decisive success” in that direction.
The United States also welcomed the permanent ceasefire in Libya.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, also welcomed the ceasefire agreement in Libya. He called for all parties to respect the letter and spirit of this important development.
For its part, the European Commission welcomed the declaration of the ceasefire.
“It’s good news, this announcement on the agreement on a permanent ceasefire. We welcome this announcement, and we are pleased to hear that. Now, we’re waiting for more details,” EU Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Peter Stano said.
The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul-Gheit, described the agreement as a “great achievement.”
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, in two separate statements, welcomed the agreement and considered it an important step towards peace and achieving a comprehensive political solution to the Libyan crisis.