Putin Visits Damascus For Talks With Syrian President Assad

Putin Visits Damascus For Talks With Syrian President Assad

Putin Visits Damascus For Talks With Syrian President Assad

The official accused the GNA of "procrastination and reneging", adding that Sarraj had failed as a dialogue partner.

Haftar's forces in April launched an offensive against the capital, seat of the UN-recognised Government of National Accord.

"We are asking for a diplomatic solution on the understanding that there is not a military solution in Libya".

Libya is now governed by dueling authorities, in the east and the west, each relying on different militias.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Russian Federation and Iran, has vowed to recapture Idlib, the last rebel-held swathe of territory. The western, Tripoli-based government receives aid from Turkey, Qatar and Italy.

Libya was plunged into chaos after the toppling and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 NATO-backed uprising.

Haftar's LNA controls most of Libya, however, and has been advancing on Tripoli in recent days.

The conflict is undermining regional security and "triggering irregular migration, further spread of weapons, terrorism and other criminal activities including illicit trafficking", the statement said.

The EU had hoped to send a diplomatic mission to Libya to train Libyan officials and build up institutions in support of the GNA, but that has been deemed too risky for now, diplomats said.

Haftar was referring to Turkey, which has recently sent some troops to shore up the GNA, while he also accused Ankara of sending pro-Turkish Syrian fighters to Libya.

Erdogan has underlined that the deployment remains small for now: only 35 soldiers and limited to training and coordination roles, according to comments carried in the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper.

"Michel expressed concerns about the worrying military escalations in Libya".

Borrell called the ministers meeting to "work genuinely towards a political solution to the crisis in Libya". Conte received him with full honors at the premier's palace.

Meanwhile, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio attended Libya talks in Cairo with his counterparts from Egypt, France, Cyprus and Greece.

Turkey and Russian Federation have both been criticized by United Nations and Western officials who say their efforts to arm their allies has led to an intensification of the violence.

"We very much hope that members of the Security Council will come together and agree on some type of resolution which will allow continued cross-border deliveries of humanitarian aid", Dujarric told reporters on January 9.

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