By: Nadeemy Haded
French President Emmanuel Macron held phone talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Sunday, over the Libyan file, especially as the ceasefire went into effect.
According to a statement by the Elysee, Macron emphasized the need for the declared ceasefire to be reliable, durable and verifiable.
The French president expressed his wish that the Berlin conference, expected to be held in January, will allow the revival of the political process under the auspices of the United Nations.
Earlier on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Libyan National Army chief, Khalifa Haftar, would meet in Moscow, the head of the Tripoli government, Fayez al-Sarraj, to negotiate a settlement in Libya.
Russian news agencies reported that Haftar has already arrived in Moscow, while al-Sarraj is expected to arrive later today.
The head of the Russian contact group on Libya, Lev Dingov, did not rule out that the two parties hold talks focusing in essence on the conditions for continuing the settlement efforts in Libya, as well as signing a ceasefire agreement.
The Libyan National Army announced earlier that the ceasefire had entered into force in the western region of the country that includes Tripoli, starting from Saturday night, Sunday, local time, and so did the militias loyal to al-Sarraj, in response to international efforts.
In the Iranian file, Putin and Macron stressed their shared will to preserve the nuclear agreement, calling on Iran in this regard to quickly return to full respect for its nuclear obligations.
On Syria, the French President stressed his concern about the humanitarian situation in Idlib, stressing the need to preserve the possibility of the United Nations responding effectively to the humanitarian needs of the civilian population throughout the Syrian territory.