UAE working for ‘immediate ceasefire’ in Libya: Foreign Affairs Minister Gargash

UAE Foreign Minister Dr. Anwar Gargash during a press conference in Dubai. (File photo: AFP)

The United Arab Emirates continues to “work for an immediate ceasefire and return to a political process” in Libya, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on Monday.

“The UAE, alongside its partners, wants to see a return to oil production in Libya as soon as possible, with safeguards in place to prevent the proceeds fueling further conflict. We continue to work for an immediate ceasefire and return to a political process,” the minister wrote on his official Twitter page.

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His statement comes as the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu rejected a ceasefire in Libya on Monday.

Agreeing to a ceasefire would be dependent on the withdrawal of the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by commander Khalifa Haftar, Cavusoglu had said.

Libya has been mired in conflict since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, but since 2019, fighting between the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar and the GNA has escalated as foreign involvement has intensified.

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