Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a joint news conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, Moscow, January 13, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen,
We would like to inform you about the progress we have reached at this time. Intensive consultations with the participation of the Libyan parties and the support of the Turkish and Russian foreign and defence ministries have been underway since this morning.
The participants discussed the document that will allow them to flesh out the issues linked with the ceasefire that was announced starting at midnight on Sunday, January 12, in response to the appeal made by President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan in their January 8 joint statement in Istanbul. The participants also spoke in detail about the draft of the final document from today’s meeting. It became the subject of serious talks.
Today we can say that definite progress has been made. Prime Minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj and Chairman of the High Council of State Khalid al-Mishri have just signed it. Commander of the Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar and Speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives Aqila Saleh have a positive view of this document and asked for a bit of extra time until tomorrow morning to make a decision on its signing. I hope this decision will be a positive one. The Turkish and Russian representatives will continue helping the parties implement the agreements that are being discussed now.