Al-Sarraj announces ceasefire in Libya

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj leaves after an international conference on Libya at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer - RC15F2D52DD0

Libya’s Tripoli-based and internationally recognised Government of National Accord announced a ceasefire on Friday, a statement from its leadership said. The GNA controls the western part of the country.

The GNA was in conflict with east-Libyan based forces led by veteran commander Khalifa Haftar, for the past 14 months. Only Turkish support for the GNA forced him to retreat in June.

The GNA head Fayez al-Sarraj “issued instructions to all military forces to immediately cease fire and all combat operations in all Libyan territories”, a statement said.

Previous efforts to secure lasting ceasefires have stalled.