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Pompeo welcomes agreement for U.N. Libya talks, urges speedy ceasefire process

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed the resumption of talks led by the United Nations between Libya’s warring sides and urged speedy negotiations to achieve a ceasefire.

“The agreement between the GNA and LNA to re-enter U.N. security talks was a good first step, very positive,” Pompeo said, referring to the internationally recognized Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army, led by eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar.

“Quick and good-faith negotiations are now required to implement a ceasefire and relaunch the U.N.-led intra-Libyan political talks,” Pompeo told a news conference.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on June 2 that Libya’s warring parties had agreed to restart ceasefire talks.

“It’s time … for all Libyans and all sides to act so that neither Russia or any other country can interfere in Libya’s sovereignty for its own game,” Pompeo said.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday and praised his efforts to promote political reconciliation in Libya, the White House said.

The two leaders discussed ways to resume the U.N. ceasefire talks and the departure of all foreign forces from Libya.

Egypt has also called for a ceasefire starting on Monday, as part of a wider political initiative, which was welcomed by Russia and the UAE. Turkey dismissed it as an attempt to save Haftar following the losses he suffered on the battlefield.

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