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Libya’s Haftar Forces Accept Ceasefire Offer, Halts Offensive

Samer Khalil Al-Atrush

(Bloomberg) -- Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar accepted a truce to halt a nine-month-long offensive to seize the capital Tripoli following calls by Turkey and Russia, his spokesman Ahmed Al-Mismari said in a statement.

Mismari said the truce would take effect at midnight local time and would depend on the internationally recognized government in Tripoli also respecting the ceasefire. The Tripoli-based government has already said it would welcome a truce.

The presidents of Russia and Turkey, who back rival sides in the North African state’s civil war, had earlier this week called for a ceasefire starting Sunday.

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