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EU welcomes cease-fire in Libya

The European Union (EU) on Saturday welcomed the cease-fire announcements made by the Tripoli-based Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and Speaker of the eastern-based parliament Aguila Saleh.

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said the mutual gesture is a “constructive first step forward” that shows the determination of the Libyan leaders to overcome the stalemate and creates hope for ending the longstanding conflict.

“We fully support the agreement around the principles to immediately cease all military activities across Libya, requiring the departure of all foreign fighters and mercenaries present in Libya, and resume the negotiating process in the framework of the UN-led Berlin process,” he said in a statement.

Borrell urged all concerned parties to translate the principles into concrete actions on the ground leading to a permanent ceasefire.

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