Moscow, Jan 13: Libya's rival forces are expected to sign a ceasefire deal here on Monday, media reports citing local officials confirmed.
In a statement, Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) agreed to a ceasefire starting from Jan 12 at midnight several hours after rival forces announced cessation of hostilities. Libyan National Army (LNA) Head Marshal Khalifa Haftar has already arrived in Moscow, where he could hold talks with Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, Sputnik reported. Sarraj is also expected to arrive here, later in the day.
The Russia-Turkey brokered ceasefire came into effect at midnight on Sunday. LNA has besieged the GNA seat of Tripoli for almost a year. In recent bouts of fighting, Haftar's forces have advanced to the outskirts of the capital and have also taken the town of Sirte in central coastal Libya. The LNA supports eastern Libya's Tobruk-based parliament, which rivals the internationally recognized GNA. (UNI)